marshmallows and cheese

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by urbanfred, Jul 9, 2007.

  1. urbanfred

    urbanfred Out Of The Brooder

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    In my attempt to understand chicken choices, I offer many different foods to my three girls. For example, mine don't like cracked corn, but love fresh corn. They also are crazy about cheese. Is this a no-no?

    Last week, I was on the patio with a bag of marshmallows, chickens milling about my feet, most curious about the bag. I held out a marshmallow, enjoyed the long look they gave this odd thing, and then watched as Rhonda stabbed at it and got it stuck to her beak. She took off at a dead run, with the other two in hot pursuit, grabbing at the marshmallow. As soon as one would grab it from her, the whole thing played over again, until the thing got torn in two and they began trying to actually eat it. This run/steal/run/eat act went on for 10 minutes until the marshmallow was gone, and I was exhausted from laughter. i don't know if marshmallows are really bad for them, but that comedy routine is too hysterical to pass up. Am I a sadistic chicken daddy, or is it ok with the marshmallows?
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Marshmellows are fine. I was using them to trap coons but ended up trapping chickens when they found out that they tasted good. Now I have to set the traps at night and unset them during the day!
     
  3. SandraChick

    SandraChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    cheese is a great way to get your chickens some extra calcium

    marshmellows are just sticky gooey sugar....so I'd say it's ok, just don't over do it!

    Sandra

    edited to add.....have you seen the mayhem when you give them spaghetti!!!!
     
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2007
  4. silkhope

    silkhope Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just the mental picture of her running around with it stuck on her beak cracks me up! No matter how old they are, chick and up, it's still funny to watch that game!!!
     
  5. mom'sfolly

    mom'sfolly Overrun With Chickens

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    Spaghetti was the first food mine liked enough to do the chase, grab, run, eat game with. They make me laugh so hard. Now we play it with grapes. They girls will jump at least a foot to steal a grape from my hand.
     
  6. SandraChick

    SandraChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    last year I saw my roo just jumping up over and over again--sort of like a pogo stick roo....I thought that was odd...so I went over to check it out. ........

    He was eating the raspberries off the raspberry bushes and apparently, he'd already eaten all the ones within reach!

    I wished I'd had a video camera!

    Sandra
     

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