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How many treats can I give my chickens a day?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Easter eggers, Jul 31, 2011.

  1. Easter eggers

    Easter eggers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 4, 2011
    Just wondering. How many treats can I give my chickens a day?
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    You can give them as many as you want. A rule of thumb is to keep it to 10% or less of their total diet, for optimal laying & health.

  3. Pony Trotsky

    Pony Trotsky Out Of The Brooder

    May 24, 2011
    Does anybody happen to know where the 10% rule actually comes from?

    Being a rather jaded and cynical person, I would tend to suppose that it comes directly from the manufacturers of chicken feed - but, of course, I could be quite wrong about that, and would love to know for sure.

  4. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Raising kids?
  5. LottieDa

    LottieDa Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 1, 2011
    Boise, ID
    Since our girls free range all day and eat bugs and leaves and weeds, it's hard to measure how much would be 10% of their diet. But I haven't noticed a difference in egg production when I spoil them from time to time with mealworms and fruit.

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