what did they feed "in the olden days"?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by kefiren, Aug 8, 2019.

  1. kefiren

    kefiren Songster

    So, before fish meal, before "BIG CORN" and "BIG SOY"...
    WHAT DID THEY FEED CHICKENS?
    I'm sure it was simpler. Like a mix of oats and legumes sprinkled on the ground
    Kitchen scraps and leftovers and egg shells
    Gravel and Worms and grass that they found themselves.
     
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  2. kefiren

    kefiren Songster

    You know what I bet? I bet they bought the non-white part of the wheat (germ? bran?) from the mills?
     
  3. wyoDreamer

    wyoDreamer Crowing

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    The chickens were my aunts chore when she was growing up, she would go out first thing in the morning and feed them a small scoop of horse grains (scratch). Then let them out of the coop to free-range when she left for school. Gather eggs after school and give them a small scoop of grains in the evening to bring them back to the coop to be locked in for the night.
    The chickens spent a good part of their day in the horse pen & pasture picking through the horse apples.
     
  4. kefiren

    kefiren Songster

    OMG thanks for this information, just what I wanted to know! I LOL'ed at the horse apple thing. I think my nana called them horse patties.
     
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  5. wyoDreamer

    wyoDreamer Crowing

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    I just talked to her and she would give a scoop of horse grains only because it distracted the rooster so she could gather the morning eggs without being attacked. She used to carry a stick to protect herself from that rooster. Day he was butchered is still in her memory and he was the best chicken soup she ever ate, lol!
     
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  6. Folly's place

    Folly's place Crossing the Road

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    Her chickens were likely smaller, and produced many fewer eggs each year, and had a much richer 'free range' environment. Bigger higher producing birds won't do so well, and few of us have the plant and animal diversity available then.
    Mary
     
  7. Fishkeeper

    Fishkeeper Crowing

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    A less than ideal diet, which would have killed them if free-ranging hadn't been available, I'd imagine. Just like how people used to feed dogs table scraps and raw meat and whatever happened to be available, and how that wasn't very good dog food.
    "Simple" is not necessarily good. Feeding a rabbit nothing but lettuce would be simple, but would kill that rabbit pretty quickly. The reason there are so many ingredients in chicken feed is because chickens NEED many ingredients.
     
  8. goldysgirl

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    Haha! I laughed when I read it, too. I thought "hmmm...that must be code for poop."
     
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    Also called 'road apples'.
     
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    Speaking of feeding dogs back then, I remember my grandma (probably in the late 1950s) making huge pans of cornbread and pouring bacon grease over it, to feed to the hunting dogs that Grandpa had. A lot of cheap dog food is mostly corn today, so I guess she wasn't too far off the mark.
     

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