Feeling confused about scraps and eggs

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by sovia, Aug 21, 2008.

  1. sovia

    sovia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens are about 18 weeks old now. I have been feeding them Purina chick feed plus a lot of scraps from the kitchen. The scraps have been from fruits and vegetables with occasional meat/fish scraps also being added. I have never given them anything processed besides the chick feed.

    I have read on this forum that fruit delays egg-laying and to limit treats. But, then again, I have also read about all those chickens that are getting scraps daily or else free-ranging as a way to reduce feed costs and also improve the quality of the eggs. What gives? When is it too much of a good thing?[​IMG]
     
  2. Chuntgray

    Chuntgray Out Of The Brooder

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    I rasing chickens for the first time. I feed them chicken food ( I always have their feeder full) They free range a little and I give them scrap food. This time of year they love a nice big zuccunnie (sp) I cut it long ways in two parts they go cazy over it. My eggs are perfect strong, big,colorful and good. I also crush up the shells and feed it to them they do not eat alot of the shells. They started off laying slow. Now it's nuts. I have 9 hens that lay and I am getting 5-7 eggs everyday. Cindy
     
  3. CarlaRiggs

    CarlaRiggs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sovia ~

    If the hens droppings seem pretty firm and normal, then you're doing fine in the feeding department. [​IMG] I believe we worry too much about feeding our pets... all of them, not just chickens. We got a new kitten today, and went to the pet store to get food. There was a complete aisle with all types of pet food from which to choose!
    Your girls should do well with your feeding regimen.

    Carla
     
  4. fowltemptress

    fowltemptress Frugal Fan Club President

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    I found this forum, read everything on how much scraps to feed, not to feed fruit, that sort of stuff . . . and promptly ignored it. I think people spend alot of time over thinking a few things. Do your chickens seem healthy to you? If they do, I wouldn't worry about it.

    I did do a search and found this.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=2593-Treats_Chart

    It has a nice list with links to toxic plants and whatnot, which is always good to know.
     
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    Mine have access 24/7 to their food and water. I give them treats of scratch, (oats, sunflower seeds, once in awhile bird seed, cracked corn etc.), in small quanities as these are treats. I also give them vegies, fruits, most everything that I can grow. I do grow a lot of corn and watermelon especially, also tomatoes, squash, root crops, the list can go on. I feed them everything except potatoes. I figure they will eat what they want. I do free range them. I make sure they have plenty of grit and oyster shells.
     
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  6. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    Quote:I have never had any problem with their egg laying. I switch to layer feed as soon as I got my first egg. I had a little leftover starter/grower that I mixed in with the layer and have never had a problem with their eating. I know some people just switched but I thought that mixing the last little bit would be ok and they are doing just fine.
     
  7. sovia

    sovia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for all your replies! I feel better and I agree that one tends to overthink things, especially when one is a newbie like myself![​IMG]
     
  8. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    We all had to start somewhere. that's why we're chicken geeks now.
     

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