what about greens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by lovie chick, Oct 14, 2013.

  1. lovie chick

    lovie chick Out Of The Brooder

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    How much "green" food is too much? I know with rabbits too much can cause diarrhea. Once in a while I hang up romaine lettuce that they like to tear at also cabbage. But how often is it okay? Also I read that chickens shouldn't have citrus but our neighbors across the street give them everything. They told me that in Russia they throw out all kinds of leftovers for their birds. That seems a little iffy to me.[​IMG]
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Chickens are omnivorous and will eat most anything we eat - just no processed foods - which should include bread as it is processed.
    They won't overeat greens. I wouldn't limit them. They'll nibble and will consume about 10% or so of their entire intake in greens.
     
  3. KaylaBird

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    I've read that treats (anything non feed) should only make up 10% of their total diet. Good luck figuring that out!
    I say just give them treats, they will still eat their feed and will love you for the greens. If you think about a full free range foraging bird, they are not eating much feed anyway, but instead a mixture of bugs and greens/grasses.

    Heres a chart on treats and what chickens 'should'/'shouldn't' eat:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/chicken-treat-chart-the-best-treats-for-backyard-chickens

    I have known people who take all of their kitchen and compost scraps and throw them straight onto a compost pile in their chicken run regardless of what the scraps are and just let the chickens pick through.
    I also lived in Nepal for 5 months where the chickens roam free and picked through all sorts of trash piles along the sides of the fields. If you think of most chickens in the rest of the world where they roam relatively free, they're probably doing a lot of things that would horrify a lot of people on this site. Its all a matter of perspective.

    There are different levels of caring for your chickens but theres no one right way. I don't think you should go around feeding your chickens citrus all day every day but I also don't think if they came across it and happened to try some, that they would die instantly.
    But we love our chickens and only want the best for them!
    So follow the chart as a guide and use common sense and you should be just fine! [​IMG]
     
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    All good points but I especially love this one.
     
  5. Janet Pesaturo

    Janet Pesaturo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No limit on greens in general. I would just avoid giving them lots of the same single type of green every day. The more variety, the less likely they are to develop nutritional imbalance. I also tend to avoid giving them processed and/or salty foods, but a little is fine. Everything in moderation.
     
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Pastured or free range birds generally get all the greens they want. They're much better (generally) about knowing what's good to eat than humans are! I feed my flock swiss chard every day, keeps the yolks nice and orange and they love it!
     
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    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I've always wondered about folks saying that about rabbits......what do wild rabbits eat? Don't they eat greens? What else do they eat? I'm not a rabbit person, so these are honest questions. We were just over at a friend's who has some domestic rabbits that live wild in the yard, they don't feed them any other feed. I can't imagine they have constant diarrhea?
     
  8. cackleberrycam

    cackleberrycam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As much as they can eat of treats in fifteen minutes is 10 percent of thier total diet.[​IMG]
     
  9. Kiasmama

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    I think it is more that people give rabbits greens that have a lot of water content such as lettuce. If you give them "good" greens that have a lower water content then they will be fine. For some reason when people think of feeding greens they generally think of lettuce and not all the other good greens that I throw in my juicer, lol.
     
  10. TXchickmum

    TXchickmum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our chickens spend time on turf grass, daily. They forage any weeds (dandelions, etc.) and consume grass. We also plant Elbon rye in the winter for them to eat. They are given either kale, spinach, or collard greens each day as well as a continual supply of feed. They love greens!
     

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