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How do you feed mash?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by maggiePI, May 3, 2007.

  1. maggiePI

    maggiePI Out Of The Brooder

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    I have been feeding my hens a variety of foods but have never figured how to make mash. Do you feed it moistened with water? How wet? That is how I have done it to make a soft crumbley texture but they don't eat it. [​IMG]
     
  2. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Wait until the winter and use warm water. That will get them started on it!
     
  3. Picco

    Picco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't use mash, its too messy and there is a lot of waste. I use crumbles instead. Once in a while the feed store is out of crumbles, I then use mash and just feed it dry in the feeder. I you add water too it it spoils quickly.
     
  4. chrissieg

    chrissieg Chillin' With My Peeps

    I boil up kitchen scraps - potato peelings, vegetable waste, bones etc - and mix it with the mash. It helps sop up the water and it makes it a bit more interesting. It should be just crumbly - drain off some of the water before you start and add it back if you need to! [​IMG]
     
  5. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We mix the layer mash with buttermilk, milk, or plain yogurt w/active cultures. We've also used home-canned (organic salt-free) creamed corn (winter) or tomatoes (warm weather) pureed in the blender in a pinch.

    You don't want the mash too wet, so just add a small bit at a time. You just want the mixture to hold together so it gets crumbley. In the winter, we warm the liquid a bit before mixing.

    regards,
    keljonma

    if edited, probably for typos....
     
    Last edited: May 4, 2007
  6. maggiePI

    maggiePI Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you. I just have mash because at times our locally made crumbles have a lot of crushed particles. I have mixed with warm water and they weren't too excited and preferred to scratch around. I will try adding some other stuff, vegies or yogurt or maybe buttermilk. Thank you all for your answers. I appreciate it. I will try to get a bit more creative. I think my girls are spoiled by being out and about so they are more picky than if they didn't get to free range . suzanna
     

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