My Babies Went Bonkers!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chicken_crazy93, Nov 10, 2010.

  1. chicken_crazy93

    chicken_crazy93 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been reading alot on here & talking to some people about feeding & just keeping my birds happy. I got them some meal worms yesterday & they were eating out of my hand, just loved em. Well, a buddy of mine that I hadn't seen in a while came by this morning as he heard from some of our friends that I had gotten a few young chickens. He doesn't mess with chickens anymore but used to raise game birds for years. At one point I think he was getting $1500 to $2500 a bird & had probably 100 or so on tie cords. We were talkin about what was good for them & what kind of treats I should give them. I told him some of the treats I have been giving them & he said that was good & to go get me some sardines in water & just kinda laughed. I stopped by the store & got two cans, flaked one can of them up with a fork in a small plate, took em out & started to just throw a piece here & there around me. My chickens went BONKERS over them!! I had them all eating out of my hand & my roo hopped right up on my leg & let me feed some to him. The only time I could ever touch my chickens was when they went in their house to roost until now. I think I'm gonna start givin them a can about 3 times a week. If I had opened the other can they would all probably have hopped on my lap, lol. My chickens love bananas & yogurt but REALLY love sardines.
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Mine go crazy over canned mackerel, also no additives. Probably cheaper, too.
     
  3. craftymama86

    craftymama86 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank you for sharing. I can't wait to get our chickens! [​IMG]
     
  4. chicken_crazy93

    chicken_crazy93 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:You are very welcome & good luck with your chickens.
     
  5. Intheswamp

    Intheswamp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like a high-protein snack! Does anybody know if this lends a "fishy taste" to the eggs?

    Ed
     
  6. GoldenCometLady

    GoldenCometLady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know about canned fish making the eggs taste fishy but I really doubt it.
    Mine get lots of raw fish scrapes and it doesn't change the taste of the eggs.
    My son and hubby fish a lot so after the fish are filleted I get out the electric knife
    and cut up the remains for the chickens(minus tail, skin and heads) A fine source
    of protien and believe me they love it.
     
  7. Intheswamp

    Intheswamp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks GoldenCometLady for your experience. I've heard that certain things can impart a "flavor" to the eggs but wasn't sure about fish. I know that fish meal is used in chicken feeds so it seems it should be safe to use...and raw fish should definitely be good and yummy for them! [​IMG]

    The chickens probably think they've gone to Red Lobster!! [​IMG]

    Ed
     
  8. Ibicella

    Ibicella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Same here! Sardines are a favorite snack of mine too, so they will never lack on that! XD
     
  9. tcates

    tcates Out Of The Brooder

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    I found some REALLY cheap canned crab meat the other day, and was going to make crab cakes. Opened a can and gagged [​IMG] it was so fishy smelling! Started to throw the can away, then changed my mind and took it to the hens.... They went wild!!!!! Have never seen such a commotion! [​IMG]
     
  10. SycolinWoodsChickens

    SycolinWoodsChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chooks had leftover tuna salad yesterday. It was a hit!

    Glad that I can reduce the size of the compost pile thanks to my girls.
     

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