Flock block in a run?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by vjbakke, Jan 11, 2012.

  1. vjbakke

    vjbakke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it ok to put a full size flock block in a 12x12 run? Being winter I though the girls would like one to break up the boredom of winter. Maybe try to break it up into large pieces ? If we get one I will be placing it on something to keep it from getting snow on it,

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  2. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Sounds like the perfect pastime for winter when they can't find much else to eat. I did that a couple of years ago. I didn't break it up and was surprised how long it actually lasted them.
     
  3. vjbakke

    vjbakke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was worried that they would just eat on the block and not eat their feed?
     
  4. HEChicken

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    Hmmmm...I guess that is possible. It wasn't my experience but my chickens do free-range my entire backyard so had other things to do than just work on the flock block. Perhaps it is something you can give them just for a limited time each day? Or every 2nd or 3rd day to alleviate the boredom, but don't leave it in there all the time?
     
  5. 202roosterlane

    202roosterlane Happy Hen on a Harley

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    I agree, I would not leave it in there all the time. 1-2 days a week at most to keep them suprised and entertained in a sense.
     
  6. vjbakke

    vjbakke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks!
     
  7. BellevueOmlet

    BellevueOmlet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is important that they not be given too many "treats" so that they continue to eat their feed and get enough protein. You could break up the block and spread out their entertainment :)
     

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