I'm not feeding my Chickens anymore!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by darkmatter, May 16, 2011.

  1. darkmatter

    darkmatter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I keep a “Chicken Bucket” in the kitchen which I put a scoop of scratch in it and then it gets all the food preparation scraps, cooking liquids/grease etc. all day long. In the morning when I let the chickens out I toss the bucket contents to them and repeat. All this week with the greening up and earthworms and bugs and whatever they find, the chickens are only eating the choice goodies and leaving the scratch for the wild birds to eat. So, I’m not gonna be feeding my Chickens anymore scratch. I noticed my Mulberry trees in the run are also near fruiting. There are two trees about 30 feet high with an equal spread that drop mulberries for 10 to 12 weeks (Illinois everbearing variety,planted 20 years ago), I would estimate nearly a ton of fruit from each tree drops over that period. See my BYC page for pics of the Run/Mulberry trees. I am also trying something else this year, I’ve planted Mangrels (giant sugar beets) in the Run in cages which I’ll remove the cages come fall to let them pick at them.
     
  2. ElioraImmanuel

    ElioraImmanuel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm down to feeding about 3/4 to 1 gallon of feed just to supplement for 36 layers and 3 roos. Mine have been foraging for over a month. Once it got above 45 I cut out the scratch. Ours get treats, daily, too. They love avacados![​IMG] They'll eat anything except uncook celery or carrots. I don't give them anything moldy, though.

    I'd be careful about feeding them any veggie or canola oil. It's hydrogenated = near plastic and it's almost all GMO. But, I'd give 'em the animal fats.
     
  3. Maite

    Maite Out Of The Brooder

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    I didn't know this could be done. Super noob
     
  4. JerseyFresh

    JerseyFresh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All our kitchen prep waste and leftover bread/rice/oatmeal etc goes to the chickens. They gladly turn it into compost for us.
     
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  5. Lazy J Farms Feed & Hay

    Lazy J Farms Feed & Hay Chillin' With My Peeps

    For the backyard flock where production is not as critical as in commercial flocks using kitchen and yard waste to help decrease feed costs is a good choice. However if you have to have a high level of production you whould be careful with the amount of scraps you feed as you my limit the nurition intake by th birds.

    Jim
     
  6. Maite

    Maite Out Of The Brooder

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    I have six little chicks (they Follow me around!! so cute) so when their older I'll do this, any input on when I cna start?
     
  7. Farmer_Dan

    Farmer_Dan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just be careful they don't get too hungry and start eating YOUR eggs! [​IMG]
     
  8. sassifrassi

    sassifrassi Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm down to feeding about 3/4 to 1 gallon of feed just to supplement for 36 layers and 3 roos. Mine have been foraging for over a month. Once it got above 45 I cut out the scratch. Ours get treats, daily, too. They love avacados! They'll eat anything except uncook celery or carrots. I don't give them anything moldy, though.

    I'd be careful about feeding them any veggie or canola oil. It's hydrogenated = near plastic and it's almost all GMO. But, I'd give 'em the animal fats.

    Avocados are considered poisonous to parrots. Is it not the same for chickens?


    Michelle
     
  9. seahoob

    seahoob Out Of The Brooder

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    I have been feeding waste scraps to my girls sense the get go. I still put out lay crumble but have significantly reduce the amount I put out to reduce wasted feed. Every sense I started letting them free range around the yard, they seem to be very uninterested in anything they can't forage for themselves. Saves me a bundle of feed supplies.
     
  10. okieinalaska

    okieinalaska Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Avocados are considered poisonous to parrots. Is it not the same for chickens?


    Michelle

    I thought avacados were a no no for chickens??
     

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