How to feed carrot for treat?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by TimM, Oct 9, 2010.

  1. TimM

    TimM Out Of The Brooder

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    I sliced a fresh carrot about 1/4 inch thick, thinking they would have fun pecking at the slices. (I'm a total newbie!) Instead, they half-heartedly pecked at them a little, then wandered away. Hours later the carrots were untouched, so I tossed them in the compost. Did I give up too soon? Or should I use a peeler to make thin strips? Or are carrots a bad treat?

    Tim
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Carrots are fine. It may be a matter of their getting used to them. You might start by chopping them fine or running them through a food processor or, yes, use a peeler but chop any long strips. After they learn, they may peck a whole one to pieces.

    Here is the BYC treat chart: https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=2593-Treats_Chart
     
  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    You'll find through experimentation that your chickens will like certain foods and not like certain foods. Mine don't like carrots (or green beans). I had one girl who would literally back away from spaghetti like it was a contageous disease while the others attacked it. I guess it's like people; some like certain foods while others don't [​IMG]
     
  4. crawfordmama

    crawfordmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would try cutting it into ribbons with a vegetable peeler. I found that on average, I have to introduce treats twice before my girls really eat any of it. They are a bit 'chicken' and are scared of new things.
     
  5. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Mine liked carrots cooked better than raw...
    but if you dont want to cook them.. i would shred them.
     
  6. TennesseeTruly

    TennesseeTruly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I shred the carrots and my chickens go nuts over them!
     
  7. OregonChickenGal

    OregonChickenGal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use the coarse side of my grater, they eat them right up. They think they're orange worms. LOL
     

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