How much cottage cheese can I feed to my flock?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by NickB79, Oct 27, 2009.

  1. NickB79

    NickB79 New Egg

    Oct 27, 2009
    Hello all! My wife and I recently purchased a new house on 1.3 acres of land, and the previous owners threw in their flock of 8 chickens for us. 4 are Barred Rocks, while the other 4 appear to be New Hampshire Reds.

    In addition to commercial chicken feed and vegetable scraps, I have access to an unlimited supply of cottage cheese, yogurt and sour cream. I work at the production plant of a major Midwest dairy company, and my supervisor allows me to take home as much unsaleable product as I want.

    So, just how much dairy product can I safely feed my flock to supplement their feed? For the past week I have been providing them with one container (24 oz) per day, and they finish it all. Also, can they eat yogurt or sour cream as well? Thanks!
  2. AnnieOakley379

    AnnieOakley379 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2008
    Congrats on your new house & new flock. [​IMG]

    I give mine cottage cheese, yogurt, cheese, & milk, & have had no ill effects. They really seem to like it, & the protein is good for them.
  3. greathorse

    greathorse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2008
    Northern Colorado
    I am not a nutrionist but if you have unlimited supply I would push the boundry. I think you would see lower egg performance or something of that nature before you see other signs of trouble.

    I would guess they could eat a fair amount of those thins, especially the yogurt.
  4. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    About as much as they can clean up in fifteen minutes or so. It's a lot of water, protein, and calcium, but not much else.


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