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Is salty scraps okay to give your chickens...?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jinxschuh, Jun 7, 2011.

  1. jinxschuh

    jinxschuh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ...like crackers, popcorn, tortilla chips? I'm slowly learning what my pullets will eat and what they ignore (they love strawberries and grapes but hate corn and apples).

    Any wisdom on the subject would be greatly appreciated!
     
  2. SunnyCalifornia

    SunnyCalifornia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nope, no extra salt. There is usually plenty in their regular feed.
     
  3. Taylor

    Taylor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i feed mine fried foods, salty foods, just anything we eat, they seem to lay more eggs when they are fed human food as a treat, i wouldn't doubt they have clogged arteries! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  4. AKsmama

    AKsmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, you can give that stuff, but only small amounts at a time. Moderation is key, like with us humans [​IMG] As long as salty and fatty foods are a very occasional, small treat, then it's ok. Tomorrow mine are getting the microwave popcorn we didn't finish off tonight.
     
  5. SunnyCalifornia

    SunnyCalifornia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do have a tiny pullet that is a junk food lover. But I've actually read that salt is toxic in large enough quantities, so I try not to let her eat too much of that kind of stuff. Especially since she's so small.
     
  6. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    I do give them chip crumbs from the bottom of the bag once in a while, but it's just a bit and 15 chickens fighting for them. Other than chips and popcorn we rarely eat super-salty treats.
    I only feed them super-salty leftovers in small quantities.
     
  7. jinxschuh

    jinxschuh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Eek... well good to know... we were munching on saltines in the yard today and the chickens were going so crazy over the crumbs that I think we got a little carried away with the crumbs... [​IMG]
     
  8. dretd

    dretd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use my chickens as waste-reducers. I take the stale taco chips and crush them up to little pieces. I wouldnt feed them that as the staple but I use it more like scratch-a little thrown out to them now and again. They are great at getting rid of the dregs of food my family forgot about like chips, crackers and cereal. Never give them too much at a time.
     
  9. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    So long as they've otherwise got access to good feed and plenty of water I don't worry about throwing things like chips, crackers, and the like into the scrap pan. I've never known them to overeat the salty stuff.
     
  10. aggie9296

    aggie9296 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agree with all of the above. Everything in moderation.

    Mine really like pizza. One the rare occasion there is any left over.
     

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