Hot treats on COLD Days

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by AllChookUp, Jan 8, 2009.

  1. AllChookUp

    AllChookUp Will Shut Up for Chocolate

    May 7, 2008
    Frozen Lake, MN
    I use Buff Hooligans' "Treats Chart" found on her website regularly.
    An excellent resource, if you haven't use it yet. Here's a link:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=2593-Treats_Chart


    I have been bringing my BOs and GLWs a treat of warm oatmeal with grapes and raisins mixed in on quite a few of the really cold days we've had lately.

    They seem to be getting tired of it. More and more of it is left over and frozen when I check on them. They used to literally ATTACK it when I first started bringing it to them. Maybe they're getting finicky?


    What other warm treats do you all give your chickens on cold days?
     
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2009
  2. HennysMom

    HennysMom Keeper of the Tiara

    Chook

    Have you tried Cream of Wheat? Mine go nuts over it!

    I also give them warmed up cooked spinach and fruit mixed in with the oatmeal and/or cream of wheat - they love that too - and it gives them some added vitamins.
     
  3. AllChookUp

    AllChookUp Will Shut Up for Chocolate

    May 7, 2008
    Frozen Lake, MN
    That's a good idea, HM. I have some Clementine oranges I could put in there.
     
  4. HennysMom

    HennysMom Keeper of the Tiara

    they can have oranges? I didnt know that - see learned something new today!

    I need to go look at Buffs chart again - I have it printed out on my fridge [​IMG]

    Mine love warm peaches, cherries, strawberries, blueberries, and pears all mixed together (cut up small) in with either the oatmeal or wheat above - stand back though because they see them and YEOW - its a madhouse!
     
  5. HennysMom

    HennysMom Keeper of the Tiara

    Chook - just thought of another thing you could feed them..

    how about plain old shredded wheat (not frosted) and/or Grape Nuts cereal warmed with water and mixed??

    I havent tried it yet (I'm assuming both are safe...) but am going to.... will let you know how mine like it [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2009
  6. Buff Hooligans

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    AllChook, that's so funny you should bring this up. I was just thinking this morning as I was drinking my cold, unappetizing milk stuff, that I should be going back to warm oatmeal.

    The girls and I used to split a batch every morning until not too long ago. Then, just like you, I started finding more and more of it left over when I collected the dishes at night. So they just get veggies and a ripe banana every morning.

    English Chick (the Queen Mum) recommends raw oatmeal and grits/corn in winter, and she says it helps start them laying again to eventually. I have upped the seeds this winter - millet, wild bird food, B.O.S.S., etc.

    But no more oatmeal ... Gee, what we chicken parents go through...
     
  7. ksacres

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