Treats...How much is to much?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by miss jay's mama, Jan 4, 2009.

  1. miss jay's mama

    miss jay's mama Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 9, 2008
    northeast PA
    I have six spoiled chickens. I am worried about over feeding them treats. I usually give them half a bananna, 3 cups of chicken scratch w/sunflower seeds mixed in and 1 cooked cup of oatmeal. This is along with layer pellets that they have acess to 24/7. Is this to much? I don't think they look over weight, they seem healthy and happy. The ladies have been laying 1-4 eggs a day with no shell problems. What are your thoughts???

    By the way these are their winter treats in the summer I don't give them oatmeal or scratch. They get garden leftovers.
  2. toddy111

    toddy111 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Can't wait til sum1 posts . . . . . I often wonder this too !!!!!
  3. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    Okay, I'm just a regular sum 1 - no animal nutritionist.

    What I do is weigh my commercial feed. It's easy, I just weigh the feeder before I fill it.

    Now that it is Winter, what I'm shooting for is for the hens to eat 1/4 pound of their commercial feed each day. I don't count my "treats" as having any special value other than calories. They are probably getting all the protein, minerals, & vitamins that they need in 1/4 pound of feed.

    I am still giving them good treats not junk food. They will have some cooked broccoli stems, pumpkin and an old roll today.

    I actually increased the "treats" after I started this, "you will eat 1/4 pound of feed a day" program. Of course, it was -8°F yesterday morning and hasn't warmed up above 22°F today. They are eating like Sumo wrestlers [​IMG]!


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