Treats

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by R.M. Hens, May 10, 2011.

  1. R.M. Hens

    R.M. Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How often is too often to give treats? Treats as in white rice, bread, popcorn, etc. What treats are the healthiest for a chicken that is not free range?
     
  2. Momagain1

    Momagain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2011
    Central IL
    depends on how old...

    I had read that grains at a young age isnt recommended...?? But I'm still learning everything so I could be mistaken too..
     
  3. WallTenters

    WallTenters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The healthiest treats are bugs - cockroaches, meal worms or crickets. Next would be fruits and veggies, yogurt (my chicks LOVE yogurt), meat scraps, etc. Chickens are omnivores and can and will happily digest almost anything.

    The only concern with treats is you don't want them making up too much of the diet. The treats we feed don't have all the nutrients that a balanced commercial feed does. However, I think my hens would be perfectly happy eating just cockroaches, whole wheat, oats and BOSS! Just make sure it's no more than 20-30%, preferrably no more than 10% (since yours don't free range) of their total feed intake.
     

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