Hens with clipped beaks - feeding veggie scraps

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by whitetrashhorseranch, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. whitetrashhorseranch

    whitetrashhorseranch Out Of The Brooder

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    I have been wanting to get into having chickens for a while - and some just landed in my lap! So I am a newbie with 8 hens and a rooster - neighbors are moving and couldn't/wouldn't? take the chickens with them - so they have been given to us. And the hens' beaks are all clipped. They have been feeding a typical commercial crumble - however I am planning on switching these girls over to something a bit healthier for them and for my family - and I have narrowed it down to a couple of good whole grain mashes, but what about veggie scraps from my kitchen, will they be able to eat these freely?

    Thank you all for any input!
     
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  2. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They may have harder time, but they will learn to manage.
     
  3. whitetrashhorseranch

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    As a secondary point - one of the feeds I was looking at seems to contain some actual whole grains - a review stated this about it:

    "I have ordered Scratch & Peck directly in the past and the shipping was always very expensive. In my opinion it is of great quality though, lots of whole grain (not milled), smells great and the birds like it."

    Can hens with clipped beaks eat a feed like this?

    Thanks again!
     
  4. whitetrashhorseranch

    whitetrashhorseranch Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the input about the veggies scraps! Any thought on a feed that contains some whole grain?
     
  5. ash10383

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    yes they can eat the whole grains, all of my hens have clipped beaks and they are fed a whole grain diet
     
  6. whitetrashhorseranch

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    Wonderful! Thank you for the information!
     

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