The 10% Treat Rule - Weight or Volume?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Red-Stars-in-RI, Jul 21, 2019.

  1. Red-Stars-in-RI

    Red-Stars-in-RI Songster

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    "Thou shalt only give your chickens 10% of their diet in treats" is a pretty common refrain on these forums, to the point where it's become something of cannon.

    I don't necessarily subscribe to the theory (which is fine...to each his own), but I did have a question.

    Saying "10%" isn't very clear when talking about food - does that mean by weight or by volume?

    Chicken feed has very low moisture content (by design). Food waste has more...ranging from a little more (breads and other carbs) to a LOT more (veggies, especially lettuces and the like).

    So, how do you calculate your 10%? Or is the difference really not that big, so it's splitting hairs?
     
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  2. HuffleClaw

    HuffleClaw Addicted to Birds

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  3. 123RedBeard

    123RedBeard Crowing

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    Neither do I!

    Maybe they mean 10% of their protein intake from treats?

    Or 10% carbs? Calories??? ;)

    Then of course the people that so-called "free-range" ... since that is not commercially programed food designed for chickens ... how do they balance, or figure if they ate a June bug, or a cock roach ... or a dandelion flower???

    Don't need no stinkin' rules!
     
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  4. Red-Stars-in-RI

    Red-Stars-in-RI Songster

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    I hadn't even thought of calories, another potentially good measure.

    Personally, I try to limit the % of cockroaches in MY diet to well under 10%...but then again, when it comes to eating weird foods, I'm kind of....wait for it...chicken. :p
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    It's just meant to be a 'guide line' for gross volume.
    Probably more important for confined birds who's owners feed lots of 'treats' so their chickens will 'like' them.
    Moderation is a good thing along with keeping overall nutritional balance in mind.
     
  6. BigBlueHen53

    BigBlueHen53 Crowing

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    :pop
     
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  7. Elsveta641

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    I throw cracked corn like a Roman emperor throwing rose petals from his litter in a parade:p The chickens have such a short and dull little life, why not let them have all the treats they can handle? So long as they dont show signs of vitamin deficiency or become obese, I dont think it matters how much you spoil them.
     
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  8. 21hens-incharge

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    Did you bring enough to share? :lau




    From my perspective it is about volume as well.

    Fatty liver hemorrhagic syndrome is real and it is deadly.
     
  9. 123RedBeard

    123RedBeard Crowing

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    Yeah, but ...


    What if you give "fat-free" treats? ;)
     
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  10. BigBlueHen53

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    "Like a Roman emperor throwing rose petals ...!" :lau:gig @Elsveta641 , that's priceless! Are you a professional writer? I throw scratch out to some of my chickens that way too, but I never had that wonderful of a word picture for my actions, thank you for that! In another area, I pitch it like a fishwife tossing out entrails from the day's catch!
     
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