Suet Blocks?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by This_chicks_place, Nov 29, 2011.

  1. This_chicks_place

    This_chicks_place Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Everyone!
    Just wondering if you can give chickens the suet blocks that you put out for wild birds??
     
  2. OldGuy43

    OldGuy43 Chillin' With My Peeps

    We just tried that. They didn't touch them.
     
  3. TinyChickenLady

    TinyChickenLady Chillin' With My Peeps

    I was wondering that once. It has a lot of the things my chickens like but I didn't know if I could give it to them or not.
     
  4. kitkatnoah

    kitkatnoah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I give my flock suet blocks but I buy the one in high fat for winter and the berry one for summer, which I crumble and mix in their scratch. They seem to eat all of it, it took a couple of tries but once the hen in highest pecking order started to eat it, then they all wanted it. With winter coming and the days getting cooler, it's time for me to switch to the winter suet. I don't feed it to them all the time, just once a week, it's now more of a "treat" and not part of their main diet.
     
  5. GardenState38

    GardenState38 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've given mine suet blocks containing peanut butter, as a treat, and they LOVE it!
    I only have 5 birds, though, so I break it up into quarters so they don't devour the entire thing in one sitting. It's so rich in fat, I was afraid to have them gorge themselves on it.
    They will just keep pecking at it until it's gone, otherwise.

    FYI--Another good winter-time treat for anyone like me, who has a small suburban/urban flock, is a mini bale of alfalfa (they sell them in pet superstores in the rabbit/rodent section). This morning I put the bale in their run and they went crazy, scratching through it and eating small bits of green. I also give them soaked alfalfa pellets from time to time, but they really enjoy scratching through the bale of hay.
     
  6. CluckCluck2

    CluckCluck2 Out Of The Brooder

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    I feed mine suet blocks in the suet feeder hanging from their perch in their run. They LOVE it and it's fun to watch them peck at it!
     
  7. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    I give mine suet blocks in the winter, looking for the varieties that have the highest protein levels. They think they are a great treat so they don't last long.
     
  8. clairabean

    clairabean Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2010
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    I do when it drops below -20*C. They take their time, but do love pecking at it.
     
  9. yellowirenut

    yellowirenut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine get a block occasionally in the summer and twice a week in the winter. They seem to enjoy the variety of flavors.
    microwave it for 30 sec for a warm treat. Any longer than that and it becomes a runny mess.

    Meijer has them on sale for .80 a piece right now
     
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2011
  10. dragonlair

    dragonlair Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I make my own out of meat and fat scraps. Sometimes I heat them up a bit and roll them in seeds. They LOVE it either way.
     

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