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supplementary maize / gram flour "polenta"

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by CTKen, Sep 4, 2015.

  1. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

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    Whilst my hens have access to proprietary feed all day (they "free range" in my half acre garden) i like to give them something extra every day as a treat. I have been feeding them a thick maize meal porridge (imagine stiff polenta) and saw some gram (chick pea) flour on the shelf, so i mixed in some of that. It was a bit of an epiphany and used up some of the gram flour that i have had for way too long.

    For those of us in Africa (i know there are some South African members) this maize meal porridge is a staple diet in many countries (and goes by as many names!) but just thought that sharing this idea may be useful, as feeding chickens this porridge is very common.
     
  2. IceAngel

    IceAngel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for sharing. I am in Canada and I noticed that my chickens pay way more attention to their food when I cooked it. I used to just throw them corn on the cob and noticed a lot of waste but never with cooked cobs.
     
  3. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    I do something similar get a bunch of past the sale date (expired) flour, grains, cereals and crackers from a local grocery store for free when they pull it off the shelves... I stockpile it up and on some weekends I crush, mix and soak it all in water and then cook it like a hot cereal into a thick gelatinous blob, let cool then feed it to the birds as a treat and they love it... And if I have any scraps of meat or veggies I toss them into the mix as well...
     

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