I love not throwing anything away

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by JennsPeeps, Aug 5, 2008.

  1. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    Last night I pulled down my little tealight lantern to take outside. Lo & behold there was an ancient dead moth inside. I hadn't touched the lantern since last year, so who knows how long that dessicated bug was in there.

    Called the chickens over.

    They munched it up.

    Wasting nothing with chickens around is good.
  2. Rosebud75

    Rosebud75 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 31, 2008
    That's what I keep telling my DH to try to convince him to let me have some. We don't have a garbage disposal under our sink because the space is too small, and DH doesn't like compost piles. SO we end up throwing out all our food waste (which costs us money since we pay by weight for our garbage), and that garbage draws the worst amount of flies!!!

    So I tell him - honey, we can give chickens all our food waste, then we won't have all the flies, and even if we get flies, they'll probably just eat them anyway!!!
  3. motorboy

    motorboy Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 29, 2008
    River Falls, WI
    Just make sure they eat all you give them each day or you'll get mice, rats, etc.
  4. Rosebud75

    Rosebud75 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 31, 2008
    I have 3 cats - not too worried about mice! ha ha
  5. Maryallison77

    Maryallison77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2008
    Fountain, Florida
    Neat! [​IMG] I give mine some of the kitcen scraps that are on the treat list here at barnyard chickens. Plus I have 60 rabbits to eat a few things for me too!
  6. Rosebud75

    Rosebud75 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 31, 2008
    I come from frugal New England stock - it goes against all my instincts to throw out food, no matter how bad! I'm looking forward to being able to put the generous amounts of kid-generated waste to some good use!

    Now...if I can just convince my hubby that Chickens are a good idea....
  7. punkin

    punkin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2008
    East Tennessee
    We don't waste food either. The choicest meat scraps (if any) goes to the dogs, then the chickens get table and kitchen scraps, then the worms get peelings, and the compost pile gets the rest.
  8. ORChick

    ORChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 20, 2007
    Quote:Doesn't like a compost pile? Get one of the compost containers - check with your local garbage people, they may have some at a discounted price - it doesn't have to be an open pile. I also have three containers on the kitchen counter - one for chickens, what they can't have goes to the worms, and what they can't have goes to the compost. The compost is suffering since I got the chicks and worms [​IMG] (Work on the cost factor of the garbage bags; a compost bin can't be anywhere near as offensive as paying for the garbage removal)
  9. newchickenfamily

    newchickenfamily Chillin' With My Peeps


    It took me awhile to convince my DH also. He finally caved under pressure. We got a Chick N Barn & Yard for our very suburban yard. Kind of a souped up dog house with an attached run.

    We have 3 pullets and are amazed at what they can eat! The only thing that is usually leftover is a shriveled up melon rind or two.

    Good luck convincing your DH!! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2008
  10. Rosebud75

    Rosebud75 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 31, 2008
    I'm working on it. I finally wrote a 2 page essay detailing the benefits of chickens, and how it's almost rediculous for people not to have a little backyard flock. I told him one reason he can barely stand store bought eggs (they make him kind of queasy) is because they're not fresh. I even told him that it's a modern, post-war idea not to have a backyard flock, since people decided that such things were a sign of poverty, and it was a sign of weath to be able to go to the grocery store and buy everything you need. Before that, it was common, even in urban areas, for a family to have a few hens for eggs - like having a garbage disposal!

    At any rate, I asked him to read it out of 'respect for his wife and her ideas' and he did.
    He hasn't said anything except maybe "Gee, if you wanted chickens so bad, I thought you'd be kissing up to me more!"
    But that's better than the flat-out "NO!" I was getting.

    Sloooowly. Very very sloooowly.

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