Vegetable Substitute?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by BolenBrood, Jan 8, 2008.

  1. BolenBrood

    BolenBrood In the Brooder

    Jun 26, 2007
    [​IMG]I haven't had much luck getting old produce from grocery stores so I have been buying produce for my chickens for treats. Aside from scratch and their pellets, is there something yummy I could buy at a feed store so we can get through the winter? My winter produce bill is starting to add up.
  2. Bawkadoodledoo

    Bawkadoodledoo Songster

    Jan 4, 2008
    Central MA
    Try whole dried Corn On The Cob. they go even more crazy over it than cracked corn.
  3. Redfeathers

    Redfeathers Songster

    Oct 11, 2007
    Gervais OR
    I wondered if I could give them that. I wasn't sure if they would eat it, I figured it would be to tough for them to get off the cob. So, if it's something they love, I'll grab some next time I'm in town. Thanks for the idea.
  4. buc

    buc Songster

    Apr 20, 2007
    Someone posted a link to a list of items that come out of our kitchens as waste that the chickens will eat and put to good use, my guys are like pigs with feathers, in that there is very little that they will not eat, I feed them a handful of brome hay, they like it and a 60 lbs bale is about 4 dollars in may area. I have a herd of cows so I just go down to the large round hay feeder with a 5 gallon bucket and collect some for the girls.

    As far as getting them thru the winter you are providing them everything they really need.
  5. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Chickens get all my kitchen scraps. I also make them cooked rice with my homemade yogurt and chopped boiled eggs. I get left over bread from grocery stores and the local food bank and they love the artisan whole grain breads. My chickens will also wrestle over meat scraps! LOL
  6. buc

    buc Songster

    Apr 20, 2007
    Quote:I have no evidence to back up my opinion, it may be this very reason that chickens were kept by settlers and thier move west.
  7. picklespickles

    picklespickles Songster

    Oct 27, 2007
    well, as far as cost cutting, at the grocery, i got a fifty pound bag of whole wheat flour for mmm. less than tweny dollars i think. food grade for me to cook with, but with plenty left over so i could add to this and that and widen their meal possibiliites. i don't cook theirs, just mix with whatever with a little liquid to make dough. they love it so much. dough is their favorite word.

    it might be weird to ask at first but you can sometimes get stuff from neighbors and co workers.

    someone gave me old bananas today for the goats and then some whey protein powder to try in with the chicken feed.

    so, maybe, if you are comfortable with that, get the idea out to people that they know if they are cleaning their fridge that you are interested. good luck.
  8. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

    Jan 11, 2007
    be careful giving that protein powder...too much protein not only causes gout (renal problems) but there is are a couple deadly toxiciites associated with some amino acids (protein) like methionine.
  9. Churkenduse

    Churkenduse Songster

    Jan 1, 2008
    My girls, and me for that matter, LOVE sprouts.

    One lb of lentils (for pennies a serving) that I sprout makes an awful lot of green stuff packed with protein, one cup of sprouted lentil gives them 52 grams of ptotein, not tomention all the other vitamins, and minerals.

    You would spend more time, and gas money, going to the produce market then you would starting sprouts.

    1/2 cup lentils soak over night, drain then rinse 2 times a day for a few days, it's also a good lessen for kids to watch seeds grow. The water that is drained off is a great fertilizer for house plants.

    Sprouted lentils taste like crispy pea pods.
    Try em

    If you need to know more email me. [​IMG]
  10. picklespickles

    picklespickles Songster

    Oct 27, 2007

    can you imagine me and unicorn as conjoined twins?

    my side: ah, give em what you have. they'll love it!

    her side: no. it will kill them.


    well, i want to go to the mall.

    no, i want to go to the movies.



    LOVE YOU UNI. you have great info.

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