how much is too much?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by okiechicken, Aug 14, 2010.

  1. okiechicken

    okiechicken Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 7, 2010
    I visited a farmers market the other day about bad produce and he loaded me up w/ 6 cantelopes, about 12 peaches and 8 or so tomatos that were all bad for human consumption.

    I took it to the hens the next morning and put all of it in the run. If I would have kept any for any amount of time, it would have gone really bad.

    I only have 9 birds so was this too much? It took them about 2 days to polish off the largest majority of the stuff. Also, can they get sick from eating too much fruit? I also have scratch available and a free range feeder.
  2. SilkiesAndSuch

    SilkiesAndSuch Silkie Daddy

    Jan 27, 2010
    Are they bantams or standard? I think, even if they are large birds, that that was too large of a snack, but as long as you don't do it too often it won't hurt them. I give mine small snacks usually every day, like a few scrambled eggs or some yogurt, strawberries, etc but what I give them is just that. A snack. Anything too drastic can throw them off or upset their little tummies. But like I said, I don't think there was any major harm done or anything. Just make their snack portions smaller [​IMG]
  3. Sissy

    Sissy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2007
    Sevier county, Tn.
    I have raised my flock on
    Purina pellets and rarely gives snacks but when I do thats just what it
    a snack 1/2 watermelon for about 30 oldersters and the younger ones get
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    They probably will have some watery, runny poop for the next day or so.. Make sure they have lots of clean water and lots of layer feed.
  5. okiechicken

    okiechicken Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 7, 2010
    they are all full sized birds.

    that was about all they had most of the week except for their regular feed and there are 2 water stations available.

    I usually dont give that much but it would have gone bad even worse and I hated to waste it. Next time, ill pitch some.
  6. laughaha

    laughaha Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2010
    next time just portion it out and toss some in the freezer. They go NUTS for frozen fruit in the summer!!!

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