Help!! Tired of feeding the squirrels.

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by laa56277, Aug 16, 2016.

  1. laa56277

    laa56277 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am tired of feeding the squirrels. I let the chickens free-range during the day but leave the run door open all day so they can get to the fod and water. The squirrels help themselves to the food. I think I want to start keeping the run closed and just feed the chickens and the AM and PM instead of constantly having food out. My question is how much food should a chicken eat per day? And are they okay without food access during the day?
     
  2. SueT

    SueT Overrun With Chickens

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    I saw wild bird food for sale with cayenne added to it to discourage squirrels. It should work with chicken feed. They don't have receptors for spicy.
     
  3. laa56277

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  4. laa56277

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    Would it make the eggs spicy?
     
  5. SueT

    SueT Overrun With Chickens

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    Ha! Yeah, perfect for heuvos rancheros...
    No, I actually fed my hens hot pepper flakes last winter to improve laying...did not change the taste...
     
  6. laa56277

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    awesome thanks!
     
  7. GC-Raptor

    GC-Raptor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    check this out. Grandpa's treadle feeder on this site. GC
     
  8. laa56277

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    Thanks
     
  9. Pendragonz

    Pendragonz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did the hot pepper flakes stimulate them to lay more? I've heard you can feed them cayenne pepper to get red yolks. Please advise.
     
  10. SueT

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    I didn't think it made mine lay more. I realized that the hens can use a break from laying almost daily, so I stopped the experiment after a couple of weeks. The weekly average seemed to stay the same. If you read the forums on the subject, they fed a lot more hot pepper than I did tho. I never heard of the red yolk thing. Other than eating grass makes the yolks nice bright orange.
     

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