For the newcomers in regard to feeding "scraps"

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Michael Apple, Mar 9, 2013.

  1. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 6, 2008
    Northern California
    In regard to the newer poultrymen and women on this forum, I believe it is necessary to provide some common sense in regard to the numerous posts suggesting all sorts of treats for chickens. The American Poultry Association is a highly regarded organization. From their website is a link to an article suggesting the methods in which we are to feed our chickens:

    "According to DEFRA, you shouldn't feed kitchen scraps to chickens but if you do feed scraps, keep an eye on the quantity. Feeding more than 20% or so scraps runs the risk of egg production decreasing... and fat hens don't lay eggs. Common plants / foods that are poisons for chickens are avocado, potato plant leaves and rhubarb."

    "Chickens like all other animals need a balanced diet. During times gone by, many people fed their chickens on the household scraps and let them forage for as much as they could to get the rest. There are a number of people who tell me "My grandfather used to keep chickens and feed them on scraps alone, they'll be alright" but the reality is that most of the time, chickens won't be alright if fed only on scraps as they won't get the correct balance of nutrients they need.
    Fortunately these days, there are feeds that have been created that contain the correct balance of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. If you want healthy birds and a good quantity of eggs, it is advisable to feed one of these all in one feeds."

    We aren't just talking adults in regard to what they should be encouraged to eat. Anyone who bothers to study the details of a chicken's digestive system understands why a young chick's developmental stages require more attention and caution to what they are fed.

    Now I choose to use organic rations, which are often never mentioned in mainstream articles. I grow organic vegetables and fruit which I provide in limited quantities to developed birds/birds out of the brooder. I do so for my own reasons based upon my study of scientific research on the subject of GMO, and its link to cancer and sterility in livestock. By all means make your own decisions, but do not ignore the facts attributed to feeding and keeping your flock healthy versus the opinion of just anyone posting on a forum.
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Thanks for the information.

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