Help! Hungry pullet!!!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by RoosterAddict99, Sep 22, 2012.

  1. RoosterAddict99

    RoosterAddict99 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 23, 2012
    Okay, so a friend of mine bought me a pullet as a gift at an agricultural fair yesterday[​IMG]She is a beautiful dominique! I've named her Josephina (Josie for short). We brought her home yesterday and I gave her water in a dog kennel so she'd be away from my flock. She is only 12 weeks old so she can't have layer ration, I don't have grower ration and I can't make a trip to the feed store til tomorrow or maybe even the day after. So my question is: WHAT SHOULD I FEED HER RIGHT NOW? I've never had a pullet that I didn't raise myself before (I've always bought chicks, several at a time) so I'm new to buying and raising pullets in general. What fruits or vegetables ect. should I feed her before I can get her grower ration? Any help or advice you can give me, I will appreciate! Thanks!!!
  2. gamebirdsonly

    gamebirdsonly Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 5, 2007
    You will be fine to give the layer feed until your able to get the other feed. Since only going to be a day or two of her eating it.
  3. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 6, 2011
    Pacific North West
    X2 on the above post.

    Medicated feed has medicine in it to prevent the Cocci virus and other diseases for young birds. Your little girl will do fine with the girls as long as you lay down enough food in different sections of the yard. The site has a food chart to view never mind I will cut and post it for you;

    Food Treat Chart From the BYC


    General Opinions

    Raw and applesauce

    Apple seeds contain cyanide, but not in sufficient quantities to kill.


    Raw or cooked

    Okay to feed, but not a favorite.

    Without the peel

    High in potassium, a good treat.

    Well-cooked only, never dry

    Also, green beans.

    Greens also.


    All kinds

    A treat, especially strawberries.

    All kinds - good use for stale bread or rolls

    Feed starches in moderation.
    Broccoli & Cauliflower


    Tuck into a suet cage and they will pick at it all day.
    Cabbage & Brussels Sprouts

    Whole head -

    Hang a whole cabbage from their coop ceiling in winter so they have something to play with and greens to eat.

    Raw and cooked

    They like carrot foliage too.
    Cat food * (see bottom of page)

    Wet and dry

    Feed in strict moderation, perhaps only during molting * (see bottom of page)

    Cheerios, etc.

    Avoid highly sugared cereal such as Cocopuffs, etc.

    Including cottage cheese

    Feed in moderation, fatty but a good source of protein and calcium
    Cooked Chicken


    They may like it and it won’t kill them, but it just seems so wrong.

    On cob and canned, raw and cooked

    Crickets (alive)

    Can be bought at bait or pet-supply stores.

    Great treat – provides protein and it’s fun to watch the chickens catch them.

    Let mature for yummy seeds and flesh.

    Hard cooked and scrambled are a good source of protein, and a favorite treat.

    Feed cooked eggs only because you don’t want your chickens to start eating their own raw eggs.


    Fish / Seafood

    Cooked only.


    Make sure they haven't been treated with pesticides, such as florist flowers might be.

    Marigolds, nasturtiums, pansies, etc.

    Pears, peaches, cherries, apples


    Bulgur, flax, Niger, wheat berries, etc.


    Seedless only.
    For chicks, cutting them in half makes it easier for them to swallow.

    Great fun - the cause of many entertaining "chicken keep-a-way" games.



    Only feed your chickens that which is still considered edible by humans, don't feed anything spoiled, moldy, oily, salty or unidentifiable.

    Lettuce / Kale

    Any leafy greens, spinach collards, chickweed included.

    A big treat, depending on how much other greenery they have access to.
    (see photo after the chart)

    Available at pet supply stores or on the internet, although shipping is expensive!

    A huge (!) favorite treat, probably the most foolproof treat on the books.
    Meat scraps of any kind.

    Not too fatty.

    In moderation, a good source of protein

    Cantaloupe, etc.

    Both seeds and flesh are good chicken treats.

    Raw or cooked

    Cooked is nutritionally better.
    Pasta / Macaroni

    Cooked spaghetti, etc.

    A favorite treat, fun to watch them eat it, but not much nutrition.

    Peas and pea tendrils and flowers

    Peppers (bell)




    Seeds are a big treat.

    Popped, no butter, no salt.

    Potatoes / Sweet Potatoes/Yams

    Cooked only - avoid green parts of peels!

    Starchy, not much nutrition
    Pumpkins / Winter Squash

    Raw or cooked

    Both seeds and flesh are a nutritious treat.



    Cooked only

    Pilaf mixes are okay too, plain white rice has little nutrition.

    Scratch is cracked corn with grains (such as wheat, oats and rye) mixed in.

    Scratch is a treat for cold weather, not a complete feed. Toss it on the ground and let them scratch for it for something to do.

    Wheat and oat sprouts are great!

    Good for greens in mid-winter.
    Summer Squash

    Yellow squash and zucchini

    Yellow squash not a huge favorite, but okay to feed.
    Sunflower Seeds

    Sunflower seeds with the shell still on is fine to feed, as well as with the shell off.

    A good treat, helps hens lay eggs and grow healthy feathers.

    Raw and cooked.



    Not a huge favorite

    Served cold, it can keep chickens cool and hydrated during hot summers.

    Seeds and flesh are both okay to feed.

    Plain or flavored

    A big favorite and good for their digestive systems. Plain is better.
    The most favorite chicken treat of all – mealworms
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