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

  1. donnamay

    donnamay Out Of The Brooder

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    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 Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Happy you joined!
     
  3. AK Baha

    AK Baha Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

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    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 Out Of The Brooder

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    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. Premium Member

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    [​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 Staff Member

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    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]
    Steve.[​IMG]
     
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  9. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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