Five things i would like to know about feeding chickens !

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Reg, Jan 14, 2011.

  1. Reg

    Reg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What are things they should never be fed?

    Can they be over fed ?

    Should they have food or water in their coop at night ?

    If they are out in the garden & i have poisonous plants growing will they know & stay away or get stuck in ?

    Can they be greedy & choke ?

    Reg
     
  2. Amyable

    Amyable Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good questions Reg.

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  3. Reg

    Reg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for that.

    Can they eat meat ?
     
  4. Mucky

    Mucky Out Of The Brooder

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    yep, mine love meat
     
  5. Olive Hill

    Olive Hill Overrun With Chickens

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    Chickens are omnivores. [​IMG]
     
  6. Chicken.Lytle

    Chicken.Lytle Chillin' With My Peeps

  7. backyard clucker

    backyard clucker Out Of The Brooder

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    yes they can eat meat my chickens like hotdogs. they have ate mice too
     
  8. pharmchickrnmom

    pharmchickrnmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine eat everything. Love frogs, chicken carcasses, turkey carcasses, venison, leftovers, fruits, veges, yogurt, etc. I keep telling my dh not to pass out and fall in their run or i will find only bones! They will do anything for grapes!!! Oh, and they keep trying to kill the little wild birdies that land in my yard while they are freeranging.
     
  9. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I keep food and water available at all times until about 6-8 weeks old. Then it is just food and water in the run (food taken in at night).

    But if the weather was so bad that they couldn't come out, obviously I'd put supplies in there for them.

    I believe the meaties can be overfed (don't know anything about meaties)- but layers should never run out of food IMO.
     
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  10. Dutchgirl

    Dutchgirl Not Dutch!

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    What are things they should never be fed? - house plant scraps, for one. I'm not sure of others. Chickens are a lot like goats: they'll eat nearly anything.

    Can they be over fed ? - I don't think so. When they're full, they won't eat.

    Should they have food or water in their coop at night ? - You might as well leave it. Besides, they might get up earlier than you can get out there, and they want their breakfast!

    If they are out in the garden & i have poisonous plants growing will they know & stay away or get stuck in ? - It may depend on the chicken. I'm not sure whether they'll know whether it's poisonous or not, and yes, they can easily get stuck in a garden, if there's a thick fence around it.

    Can they be greedy & choke ? - yes. Many a chicken has died from choking.
     

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