Is Feeding Chickens Bread Okay?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by bigredfeather, Nov 13, 2009.

  1. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have a source of getting cheap bread that has been pulled of the shelf of grocery store. It isn't moldy or anything, they just can't sell it. My question - Is it okay to feed bread to chickens? We have only been giving them a little at a time, and so far, I haven't seen any adverse effects. I just wanted to make sure it isn't going to cause any long term side effects. We aren't using it as a sole source of food, as I am still giving them their regular amount of feed.

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  2. thechickenchick

    thechickenchick Born city, Living country

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    Yes it is just fine to feed it like you have been. You are right not to use it as a main feed. Congrats on the bread source! I am always hunting around for something like that , but don't have to much luck. Except my MIL! Every time she cleans out a fridge or freezer, its all mine!
     
  3. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    Are you planning on keeping these hens for years and years, or will they become soup after their egg production falls off?
     
  4. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    Yes it is just fine, just don't feed so much of it to where they aren't eating their feed. use as a treat and they will love it. let it get kinda stail and hard first it makes it easier to feed.

    AL
     
  5. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:They will become soup after production falls. Number rule for animals at our house: If your not contributing, you're gone. No freeloaders allowed. I care about my chickens, but they are employees not guests.
     
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  6. cthrash1

    cthrash1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know some folks that get left over pizza crust from a restaurant. Its already hard when they get them so they break part of it up and throw around the ground and then they soak part in water in an old cooler(their flock loves it soaked!).
     
  7. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    In that case, I wouldn't worry about it. For long term health it isn't so hot, but if they are going to be soup anyway, I would do what I can to keep the feed bill down.
     
  8. dianer29

    dianer29 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    brf: don't forget with Thanksgiving coming save some of that bread for homemade stuffing ![​IMG]
     
  9. SandraChick

    SandraChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Bread is also good for warm mash on very cold mornings....just add bread to your feed with hot water and you can add all sorts of other things like
    raisins, nuts, cut up meat leftovers, cracked cortn and other grains, etc..... I do this first thing in the morning when the temps are way low. It gives them a quick heat up.

    Feeding them so cracked corn or chicken scratch as a treat at night will also help keep them warm overnight.

    Sandra
     
  10. sue1958

    sue1958 New Egg

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    i have got 6 2week old chicks and the chick crumb isnt filling them would it b okay to give them bread n water
     

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