Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by blueberrychickens, Aug 13, 2010.

  1. blueberrychickens

    blueberrychickens Songster

    May 12, 2010
    Hudson, MA
    Can I give the chickens raw parsnips ??? What about radishes or brussell sprouts? [​IMG]
  2. 2dancingrats

    2dancingrats Songster

    Jun 17, 2009
    Bay City, Michigan
    I've given mine cooked parsnips. Only because I steamed too many. They ate them. The love radishes and I love to watch them play radish hockey. A small head of cabbage hung from a string makes a great treat and something to play with.
  3. digitS'

    digitS' Songster

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    I bet they would be more happy to eat parsnips if you nuked them.

    All sorts of veggies disappear quicker after they've been cooked, with my backyard hens. Nuking them started when I tried giving them dandelions one year. They pecked at them a little, probably because they could find them around in the backyard. The hens weren't exactly dandelion-deprived [​IMG].

    So, I nuked them in the microwave to see what they thought of them. Oh, my!! They ate the dandelions roots and all!

    Some BYC people have commented on "orange poop" when they have given their birds raw carrots. I haven't noticed that with cooked carrots. (I have also given them parsnips but never raw.) The hens are probably better able to digest them.


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