My Husband is killing me with giving chickens junk food!!!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Mycookoonest, Aug 18, 2008.

  1. Mycookoonest

    Mycookoonest Songster

    May 29, 2008
    Hudson Valley NY
    I absolutely LOVE the fact that my Hubby is so into the chickens... he enjoys them almost as much as I do... just one thing... HE FEEDS THEM JUNK FOOD!

    I realize you can give them a lot of things, most of which we have in the fridge, but cheese doodles and coffee cake is not a form of food I want them to get used to!

    Thank goodness it's not all the time but over the weekend the chickens trampled over my white silkie (Dolly) to get to the cheese doodles! I of course wasn't home. Then I saw him walking out to the chicken coop with something in hand... when he was walking I asked him what he had... COFFEE CAKES! WHAT!?!?!?!

    We have a stash of healthy food items for them... cantalope, oatmeal (raw), zuchinni, potatoes, you name it... but I don't want him giving them sugar and salt! I mean we have a HUGE waterer so I'm not worried about them getting hehyrated from the salt but I don't want them to be unhealthy!

    Now that we have turkeys he has to be SUPER careful what he throws in there...

    The chickens I find are perfectly happy just munching on the maple leaves we throw in...
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Haha, junk food. Mine love junk food too... [​IMG]

    But everything in moderation. They'll love you just as much if you present them with oat meal or other grains vs pastries. I swear though, if they see you eating it, they want it even more. Good thing it doesn't go the other way around.
  3. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Songster

    May 19, 2008
    East Bethel MN
    LOL mine love the junk too but in moderation of course. ONe dutch hen will steal a donut and take off with it but shakes her head at fresh veggies while the others like 12 grain bread, tomatoes, lettuce, peas, fresh fruit,ect from the garden.
  4. katrinag

    katrinag Songster

    HaHa, I have the same problem with the kids and the hubby too.
  5. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    Hehe... over the weekend we went out to dinner and I saved 1/2 of my cheeseburger for my girls. I also borught home the bread that was leftover in the bread baskets. They ate the patty, cheese, onion, and tomato. They wouldn't touch the bun, the bacon, or the lettuce. They also only ate the bread that I broke into small pieces and hand-fed them. They couldn't be bothered to break it up themselves.

    They're like 3 year-olds! They can be so picky.
  6. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    My DH shakes his head b/c for years I've brought home part of my meals for cats, and now I'm bringing home meals for cats AND chickens! [​IMG] All my friends know they don't DARE send those plates back to the kitchen or leave them for the busboy if there's a garnish on them like kale or parsley...
  7. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Songster

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    [​IMG] That's cute though.
    I haven't caught DH feeding the chicks anything yet, but only time will tell. I've caught him in the coop enjoying the scenery and he fell asleep it was so peaceful. [​IMG]
  8. Mycookoonest

    Mycookoonest Songster

    May 29, 2008
    Hudson Valley NY
    LOL! These chickens have consumed our lives... I seriously have had a HUGE problem being the chicken lady. I have one who flocks to me (Robin)... and forget about walking to coop! I had a blackberry from the bush I was eating and then decided well they might like it... SO I FED IT TO THEM! OMG a pregnant woman sharing her food with CHICKENS!!!

    DH throws them the old bread, and anything we don't really finish at dinner.

    But I almost gagged when Robin ate a worm this evening! But he's my boy and ALWAYS gets the first treat!

    Poor DH I keep after him about their health and feeding them junk food... here I'm thinking clogged arteries!
  9. ams3651

    ams3651 Songster

    Jan 23, 2008
    NE PA
    this reminds me of a story. my dad once found a hamster while crossing one of the covered bridges here. (he brings home anything) anyhow, he was feeding it seeds, etc but in the evening when he was watching tv he would set Fred up on the couch next to him and feed him venison bologna, chips and chocolate cookies. He died after a couple months, we still think he had a heart attack.
  10. kensangell

    kensangell In the Brooder

    Aug 7, 2008
    Smethport Pennsylvania
    I found my husband and son feeding my girls animal crackers. Thankfully not frosted, I can't imagine them on a sugar rush. They also seem to love honey nut cheerios.

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