What Can I/would You Do

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jennh, Nov 4, 2011.

  1. jennh

    jennh Songster

    Jun 21, 2007
    For the last couple of years my *dear* neighbor, who is an animal lover, has been taking care of the "girls" when I've been away. He does a WONDERFUL job, and I really trust him. My problem is, he keeps buying them corn, and feeding it to them. I said something to him the second year, but he has continued to do it. He said he likes to watch them eat it. It takes several weeks to get them back to their regular laying schedule. What can I do, or should I just be thankful I've got a wonderful neighbor and friend to take of them?


  2. GoldDogsMom

    GoldDogsMom Songster

    Aug 10, 2011
    Indiana, PA
    Maybe suggest an alternative like BOSS as a treat for him to feed them...
  3. TN_BIRD

    TN_BIRD Chirping

    Mar 15, 2011
    What's wrong with telling him the truth?

    Mr. Neighbor, I NEED YOUR HELP (who the heck would refuse to help a neighbor out?). My chicks aren't laying as regularly as I'd like. I read somewhere that it might be diet related, so I'd like to try a little experiment. This is where you can help. I'd like for you to use this stuff here to treat them (give him a bag of stuff) instead of the corn. I'm not sure if it'll work, but I figure..."What the heck? Let's try."
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2011
  4. johnsons-r-us

    johnsons-r-us Chirping

    Jul 18, 2011
    Eudora, Kansas
    That's a great idea!
  5. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Songster

    Aug 6, 2011
    Pacific North West
    "Behold the truth will set you free"

  6. mcjessen

    mcjessen Songster

    Mar 22, 2011
    Coeur d Alene ID
    Quote:Yep, great idea!
  7. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    Here's an idea....keep a bag of corn, left unshelled and on the cob, close by the coop. When he feeds your regular feed, he can toss an ear of that corn down and watch the birds have fun with it. Unless he is feeding a LOT of corn, it shouldn't be affecting your egg production at all.

    I like watching what my girls do with corn and BOSS also...but any addition of these types of supplements that are overfed will detract from your core nutrition and may affect laying ability. Just a little now and again shouldn't hurt a bit.
  8. jennh

    jennh Songster

    Jun 21, 2007
    Quote:If you read my OP, you'll see where I said I told him about the corn. Maybe I'll do as some suggested, give him a bag with some scratch with BOSS in it. Meanwhile, I have a 50 bag of loose corn that he doesn't want back. I guess I'll give them a LITTLE bit occasionally [​IMG]

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