oh what not to feed!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by fratmor, Jan 26, 2011.

  1. fratmor

    fratmor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would love to know what not to feed my chickens. I would love to give them table scraps but which do you give.
     
  2. Louieandthecrew

    Louieandthecrew I am actually a female!

    At the moment, I can't put my finger on anything that they can't eat!
     
  3. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Quote:I give mine everything. They don't care much for pickled stuff (vinegar I guess) or citrus stuff, or mushrooms, or raw onions. Avoid heavy salt, but we usually don't have enough of anything salty to matter. Don't feed them anything that is growing fuzz.
    Almost anything we eat (and some that we don't) is fine in moderation. There's a treat chart floating around here somewhere...
     
  4. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

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    A bunch of sweet stuff isn't good for them.
    Giving it to them every once in a while is OK, just not often.
     
  5. Kacey's Krazee's

    Kacey's Krazee's Chillin' With My Peeps

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    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=21530

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    is the link to the treat page. It's up at the top under this same topic. Mine love EVERYTHING ! When they were younger they didn't like green peppers [​IMG]
    But since then, they have changed their minds. They love meat scraps. When we had shrimp ( a loooong time ago) they loved the heads, shells and anything else that was left over. Now, they are just little dinosaurs.... and I am almost afraid now when I walk into the run empty handed....

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  6. fratmor

    fratmor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Kacey's Krazee's.\\, thanks that is the list I was looking for.
     
  7. Ohhhdear

    Ohhhdear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine will eat almost anything except citrus.
    There are some things you probably shouldn't give them, though. My girls love avocados but apparently they're not good for birds. Dark chocolate isn't good for them, nor is a lot of sugar. However, if a scrap of avocado, sugary treat or chocolate finds its way into my table scrap bucket and tossed to the girls, it's not going to kill them.
    Chickens are omnivores and scavengers. They are indiscriminate foragers. If you can eat it, for the most part, so can chickens. In fact, they'll eat stuff we wouldn't touch, like slugs, toads, mice and centipedes!

    I believe most modern city people-turned-rural have lost a lot of the common knowledge farm families knew for generations about how to care for livestock. We often base ideas on what to feed animals on what's trendy, politically correct , "healthy" or "organic". From talking to my father in law (who grew up on a farm and took care of all sorts of animals), chickens can get by on very little and do just fine. We worry too much!
     
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  8. catterbug

    catterbug Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We give them everything but I try to limit their fruit. I have heard that it can slow egg laying. However we do have an apple tree that they just love!
     
  9. parisplus3

    parisplus3 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have read that they shouldn't have any type of beans or potato skins. The other night my girls went crazy over mandarin oranges!
     
  10. parisplus3

    parisplus3 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have read that they shouldn't have any type of beans or potato skins. The other night my girls went crazy over mandarin oranges!
     

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