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Ok for the girls to eat?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by tlharv, Sep 17, 2009.

  1. tlharv

    tlharv Out Of The Brooder

    Stuff I see them eating from my back yard... wondering if it's all ok and won't poison the eggs!

    Slugs
    Sowbugs
    Earthworms
    Red wiggler worms from the compost bin
    Ants
    Termites
    Various beetles
    Moss

    None of the above have been sprayed first... just au naturel. Ok for the hens and ok for eggs, right?

    How about those mushrooms that pop up in Autumn that aren't good for people to eat? Would anything get passed to the eggs?

    Thanks,
    Tom
     
  2. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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    I have puff balls in my yard, now we know it is ok to eat them when fresh but.......my poultry won't touch them. Seems to me that they know what they can or cannot eat. Mine free range and believe me, there is plenty that they shouldn't eat and they don't eat it.
     
  3. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

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    There is nothing in that list that will hurt a bird or their eggs. In fact the more bugs, grasses, etc... they get the darker and richer the egg yolks will get.

    Matt
     
  4. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

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    Oh and my birds won't touch mushrooms

    matt
     
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:agreed
     
  6. rstampa

    rstampa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My girls free range and put themselves back in their run when their done. They dive into the weeds and scratch up all sorts of bugs under the bushes and trees. They seem to know what is good and what is bad for them. I'd say for the most part. I don't use pesticides or fertilizers. I just water when there is a dry spell.
     
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2009

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