Something to peck for...

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Roger-B, Dec 5, 2007.

  1. Roger-B

    Roger-B In the Brooder

    Oct 14, 2007
    We have a lovely and pretty clean hen house that has an elevated platform with a water dispenser and a feeder. (The automatic waterer and the main feeder are in the run.)It is also at the level of three windows that our girls use to take in the world (of our back yard) and to sun themselves. The platform also has a nice bed of pine chips and enough space so that the five hens spend allot of time searching through the bedding for something to eat as they enjoy their good fortune. They nibble up pieces of the pine but we thought it would give them pleasure if they actually found something nourishing to eat. Should we scatter some feed into the bedding and if so, what kind? Should it be different from their regular feed, to add interest?
  2. eggzettera

    eggzettera Songster

    Your title should be "Something to scratch for....and then you would have our answer. Buy some scratch at the feed store rememeber its "candy" and should only be a treat not the "main" meal. There is a sticky at the top of this page "feed time" that will give you all kind of ideas
  3. Catalina

    Catalina Songster

    Jul 19, 2007
    Try Black Oil Sunflower seeds. I use these when on days when they can't freerange.
  4. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

    Jan 11, 2007
    scattering in the bedding is a bad idea!!! corn especially molds easily (and you often wont see it!!!)... the spores of which can kill your birds.
  5. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    Mine also love it when I toss a few dried meal worms on their bedding. When they could free range and their world was full of grass, plants and live bugs, they were picky about their treats. Now that we're deep in snow and the temps have hit zero, they love their coop snacks! [​IMG]
  6. Roger-B

    Roger-B In the Brooder

    Oct 14, 2007
    Thank you for your responces. I did go out after work last night to purchase some scratch feed. The girls were very impressed when I scattered it in their run. I did put some in their bedding. I don't think they are aware of it yet.

    Is the concern that the scratch feed in the bedding will turn moldy obviated by the fact that we change out the bedding every month? Or will it mold very quickly when it comes in contact with the occasional poop?

    I have seen the dried meal worms in the local feed store and will give them a try. Once they got over their initial suspicions for the live ones, the girls became very enthusiastic. Thanks for the suggestion.
  7. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    Don't put it in the bedding. Poop will get all over it! :eek: And it will mold, cleaning the house out once a month isn't going to stop that. You should clean the house out now if you put scratch in the bedding.
  8. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    Corn moulds quickly, don't put it in the bedding.

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