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how often to feed fresh greens.

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jfoley, Oct 25, 2011.

  1. jfoley

    jfoley In the Brooder

    Mar 21, 2011
    how much is to much when it comes to fresh greens such as lettus and such.

  2. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    Greens such as Iceberg lettuce don't have a whole lot of value to them. Dark green leafies such as kale, collards, mustards, turnips, and that sort of thing are better.

    You can feed it every day. Whatever they can clean up in fifteen to twenty minutes or so.
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    That is a bit of a hard one. The simple answer is that you should only feed them enough treats that they can clean them up in 10 to 20 minutes. That is intended to cover all treats, whether it is scratch, greens, or pumpkins. The idea is that the Layer feeed contains what they need for a balanced diet and if you feed too much of something else, their diet is no longer balanced. I assure you, many of us violate that daily and still get plenty of eggs from healthy chickens. But if you want a safe conservative answer, just feed what they can clean up in 10 to 20 minutes, and you can feed that daily.

    One of the risks in feeding them a lot of other stuff is that they may not eat enough Layer get enough calcium for their egg shells. I offer oyster shell on the side. If they need extra calcium, they take a bite. Usually the oyster shell lasts a long time.

    The other thing I would suggest is to vary their diet. Don't give then the same treat all the time. Kitchen scraps often work well to give a varied diet. If you have a garden, give them different things from that. Occasionally some scratch is OK. The idea is to try to give them a bit of balance. Too much of a good thing is often not a good thing, especially when it comes to diet and nutrition.
  4. jfoley

    jfoley In the Brooder

    Mar 21, 2011
    Thanks For Reply.
  5. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Crowing

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    I feed fruit, veggies, greens to the ducks and geese every day.

    If you give more than they can clean up very quickly, they stomp it into the ground and ruin it. So just feed what they will rush to clean up and not leave any lying around.
  6. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    The more the better. Leafy greens are extremely important, as they have a lot of minerals, vitamins, and nutrients in them that most commercial feeds don't have.
  7. Quote:I'm with Illia. They also contain antioxidants and enzymes. Leafy greens and orange veggies like pumpkin, plus bright colored fruits like melon. I give mine at least some mustard greens, usually a bunch of other stuff everyday.
    Many dark leafy veggies like spinach and kale also have plenty of readily used calcium.

  8. pawsplus

    pawsplus Songster

    Dec 18, 2008
    Middle TN
    Yup--I don't think one can feed too many dark leafy greens. Until wintertime, I pick dandelion greens for mine, and supplement those w/ kale, collards, and turnip greens. They love them, and they're so good for them! I look at the layer pellets as vitamin pills and make sure that plenty of "real" food is offered every day.
  9. LisaAnnW

    LisaAnnW Chirping

    Jul 31, 2011
    Sprouts (sunflower, alfalfa, clover, etc.) are great too!
  10. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Songster

    Aug 6, 2011
    Pacific North West
    It not just what you get at the store in the veggie dept but grass clippings, flowers from the rose beds, leaf from the bushes or trees and all kinds of fruits. Stay away from any citrus. Well mine do not like it at all...

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