Treat feeding method

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Mac, Aug 3, 2007.

  1. Mac

    Mac Songster

    Jul 1, 2007
    South Central PA
    My chickens aren't free ranging yet so I feed them vegetables/treats in the coop and dirt run. I've been cutting them up and just tossing them out, trying to spread the treats all over so everyone gets some. Then they either get covered with shavings or dirt. Do you guys feed yours that way or in a shallow pan either in the coop or run? Or does it even matter. Chickens don't seem to mind.

  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    If the food is not wattery, I just toss it on the floor. If it is like a soup or congee, I put it in a shallow pan. Either way it ends up everywhere and eventually composted and turned into some veggies.
  3. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    I toss it in and get out of the way!!
  4. greenmulberry

    greenmulberry Songster

    Jul 17, 2007
    I have one of those shallow rubber pans for feeding horses that I sometimes put stuff in that is wet, like cut up tomatoes.

    But a lot of stuff I just toss in the run.
  5. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    Im like coyotemagic......toss and run! If I dont run, I get mobbed by 60 + chickens! LOL When they see the red coffee can....they know!
  6. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    I only have 24 so I hand feed treats. I like it because they all run to me when I walk into thechickens yard...even if I don't have a treat. It makes me think they love me. [​IMG]
  7. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    Quote:Got that right. Once they get used to treats they'll peck your fingers
    off to get it.

    Don't worry about the dirt and shavings. Those are part of a chickens
    diet anyways. [​IMG]
  8. eggchel

    eggchel Crowing

    Dec 26, 2006
    Both Coasts
    Mac, This would be a good time to teach your chickens to come to you when you call them. Pick what you want to use as a call ( "here chick chick" or even "here kitty kitty" as used by one ezbyc member LOL) and call them every time that you give them treats. Then, when they do free range, or just escape, all you have to do is call and they will come running from all over the yard. Chickens are suckers for treats, LOL.


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