1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    Not a member yet? join BYC here & then introduce yourself in our community forum here.

How much is too Much ....regarding nutritional treats?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by GretaGarboFirst, Feb 23, 2015.

  1. GretaGarboFirst

    GretaGarboFirst Songster

    110
    46
    111
    Sep 29, 2013
    Massachusetts
    I have 5 hens who are 9 months old. I feed then pellet food each day. I also feed them fruits and vegetables. My question is about how much fruits and vegetables can I offer them daily?. I give them a cereal bowl full each day currently....it vanishes quickly!
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging 9 Years

    21,937
    6,632
    607
    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    Sounds like you are doing OK. A general rule of thumb is to not give them more than they can clean up in 10 to 20 minutes. Their feed is a balanced diet and chickens need a balanced diet, like you, me and everyone else. Too much of a good thing is not a good thing if it throws their system out of balance.

    Do I follow that rule myself? Not really. When I can something or have waste from the garden they can wind up with more than they can finish immediately. But I don’t give them large quantities of the same thing day after day but mix it up quite a bit. That way they can splurge occasionally without it really affecting their overall health.
     
  3. GretaGarboFirst

    GretaGarboFirst Songster

    110
    46
    111
    Sep 29, 2013
    Massachusetts
    Thanks so much...very helpful. Stay warm ....it is 5 degrees in Massachusetts today with 4 ft. of accumulated snow in my yard.
     
  4. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

    5,898
    1,020
    342
    Nov 4, 2014
    East Tennessee.
    I agree. My girls useally eat their treats, (Breakfast scraps and egg shells) in about 2-3 minutes. I also feed my chickens black solger flys, compost, pumpkins, and a few other things. Here's an article on treats for chickens: https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/treats-for-chickens
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: