Guess what I'm feeding my chooks for treats?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by gritsar, Apr 7, 2009.

  1. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Their layer pellets. [​IMG]
    Apparently if you take a small amount of pellets out of the feeder and offer it to the chickens from your hand, they taste soooo much better. I've been doing this once or twice a day now for about a week and they greedily gobble them up every time.
    My chickens expect a treat every time they see me. I don't like to disappoint, but I'm also not feeding them 10 treats a day. Thus pellets are the simple solution and the chickens are none the wiser.
     
  2. baldie

    baldie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Too funny!!!
     
  3. danielbrown

    danielbrown Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you move there feeder to a different place or add more feed to it they will do the same. [​IMG]
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Oh I know! When I bring their waterer out of the coop for cleaning they all run to drink out of it like it's chickie champagne - even though I usually set it down right next to their outside waterer. [​IMG]
     
  5. Miss Kitty

    Miss Kitty Out Of The Brooder

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    I figured that one out trying to get the hens to eat calcium..I would crumble the egg shells from breakfast and toss them out like a treat..they come running and think it's wonderful. Bread is their favorite but I read that bread, too much, will constipate them so I'm careful it's only alittle bit of the white center part of the bread. They don't like vegetables I tried small pieces of those with no luck.
     
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:My chickens love bread, fruit and nuts. I haven't found a vegetable they do like, except corn.
    I figure it's because they free range and fill up every day on "natural greens".
     
  7. Chicken03

    Chicken03 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hahaha. I'll have to give it a try. [​IMG]
     
  8. Kim_NC

    Kim_NC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    About an hour ago, I locked up the coops for the night. One group of 9 hens (19 mo old) and a roo were low on pellets, but not empty. I knew they'd be out by morning and we're having a cold night at freezing temps. SooOOOooo, I got a 3 lb can of pellets to add to their feeder. The silly little things came of the roost to eat. [​IMG]

    You would not believe how all of our various groups come running to eat wetted crumbles in the afternoons. Just 28% game crumbles, wetted...you'd think they were getting hot cereal or something. I give it to them for a protein boost, but they think it's some huge treat.
     
  9. susanhai

    susanhai Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a chihuahua that does the same thing:rolleyes:
     
  10. BFeathered

    BFeathered Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chicken's brains and dog's brains must have more in common than we thought... "Food?! Where? Gimme!" [​IMG]
     

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