New and excited.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by donnamay, Oct 12, 2013.

  1. donnamay

    donnamay Chirping

    Oct 7, 2013
    Hi there.

    I have just got my first 3 isa brown chickens at 15 weeks. They settled in really well and at 18 weeks one started laying daily. The other two have been a bit slack. I have been feeding them 2 slices of bread a day as they love this and I am a bit worried that this is affecting them. What do other people think.
    They are my pets as well and I love to handle them. When I come near they will often sit down and drum their little feet. Is this normal or am I scaring them. They seem happy and love their treats twice daily. Whenever I leave the back door they all run to the fence and start clucking for treats. I find them so loving and am enjoying my backyard chickens.
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! Happy you joined!
  3. AK Baha

    AK Baha Songster

    Jul 10, 2013
    Anchorage, Alaska.
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  4. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

    Aug 26, 2011
    Hi and :welcome

    We sometimes feed our chickens bread. As long as they eat they proper nutritious feed I don't think the treats should be too much of a problem. :p Maybe give them the bread after they've eaten their pellets/mash.

    As for the "sitting down" thing, do they sit all the way down or just squat? What you're describing sounds a bit like what young hens do when they think a rooster is coming to... do his thing, lol. They squat down and stamp their feet.
    My hens used to do it when we bent down to stroke them. :lol:

    Good luck and enjoy the site :D
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  5. aliciasimon

    aliciasimon In the Brooder

    Sep 24, 2013
    I give my girls uncooked oatmeal and chicken scratch as treats. They absolutely love this and it's fun to watch them. However, I try to keep it minimal as I don't want problems like egg-binding (if I'm saying that right). Mainly I want them to eat their laying feed so they get the proper nutrition. I've also noticed that giving them treats makes them bossy. I get lots of baaaaaaaaawk baaaaaaawk baaaaaaawk when I go visit them empty handed :(
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  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG] think of chickens as perpetual kids, give them candy and they won't eat supper. Maybe give as dessert every now and then so they don't demand/expect it. Make them love you because you are a wonderful person instead of a treat dispenser [​IMG] . Lets see how long that lasts.
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  7. sumi

    sumi Égalité

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us! Mine gets bread too, though not daily, as well as other treats. As long as the treats is no more than 10% of their daily food intake and they get proper formulated feed as well, they'll be fine.
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  8. All Henned Up

    All Henned Up Muffs or Tufts

    I have learned a lot from BYC. The greatest chicken site ever ![​IMG] Mine also get bread as a treat. We only feed about 3-4 slices per 8 birds though, too many in my flock[​IMG] to give a lot to. Also we feed scratch grains as a treat , but only small amount no more than they can consume in 5 minutes
    Welcome and enjoy.[​IMG]
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  9. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Welcome to BYC!

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