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Discussion in 'Nutrition - Sponsored by Purina Poultry' started by Harleychicks, Nov 19, 2015.

  1. Harleychicks

    Harleychicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey gang I have a question, On days that I let the chickens run wild do I need to feed them before they roost for the night in their coop? They usually stay out in the woods for 8-10 hours coming back to drink and chase the dog.
     
  2. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I usually throw a bit of food out for them but not alot. Too much food left out at night will attract mice and other pests. A better option, because it is winter, is if you throw some food out for them to hunt in the morning when you let them out. I collect the kitchen scraps and add some grain (whatever you feed them) And put it out on my garden. This way whatever they do not eat becomes compost. All my animals pick at it and I worry less about a tempting treat for rodents.
     
  3. loujeany

    loujeany Out Of The Brooder

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    i like to let mine free range. Beware of the mulch[​IMG]
     
  4. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh mine do this too, drives me nuts
     
  5. Harleychicks

    Harleychicks Out Of The Brooder

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    No mulch here only the fallen leaves but you can clearly see where they have been. But our cat loves to play in the dirty clothes hamper so I can sorta understand your pain!
     
  6. beginnergirl

    beginnergirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like what my girls do. LOL.
     
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    dlp40 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dido, my flower beds look just like that except mine are surrounded by grass. By the time i get to rake the mulch back in the bed, i loose half of it to grass growing over it. Lol, gotta love those chickens!
     
  8. Chicken Egg 17

    Chicken Egg 17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know how that feels my roosters calls his ladys down to the mulch in the front yard and they fling the mulch about 3 feet away from my moms flower beds and i have to take a rake and fling it all back in
     

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