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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

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    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.

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  3. Pony Trotsky

    Pony Trotsky Out Of The Brooder

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    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.

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  4. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Raising kids?
     
  5. LottieDa

    LottieDa Out Of The Brooder

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    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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