treats

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by someplumbcoop, Nov 11, 2010.

  1. someplumbcoop

    someplumbcoop Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi i was wondering how often i should give my chickens treats. I have been giving them some of our leftovers a couple times a week. Should i be giving them more treats? or less?
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    It's more how much than how often. It is recommended on here that treats not be more than 10% of their diet.
     
  3. Dixiedoodle

    Dixiedoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2007
    I think it also has a lot to do with what type of treats you feed! I feed a premium bird seed (16% protien),dried meal worms, fresh greens and veggies that are in season (tomatoes,squash, pumpkin, etc). In the winter they get a 5gal bucket of fresh greens every day stuffed into their large suet cages, a can full of bird seed to scratch for.. And they get a handful of dried meal worms every day --placed under a basket of dried leaves.. I try to feed treats that they would find if they were free ranging all day..seeds, bugs, sprouts,greens etc. I like to make them 'work' for it a little. Like hanging the greens (cage) a little higher, putting the worms and birdseed under grass/leaves or mixed in their shavings. I am cutting holes in their pumpkins and let them work to get the seeds and goodies...

    Most of my table leftovers go to our large dogs..

    There is a great list of good treats on here somewhere.. Do a search and see if you can find it..
     
  4. someplumbcoop

    someplumbcoop Out Of The Brooder

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    Wow! your flock gets some good eats! Thanks for the suggestions. We'll try a few more. We have 6 Australorps about 8 weeks old. Thanks again!
     

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