What other things do you feed your chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by littlebanty, Mar 6, 2008.

  1. littlebanty

    littlebanty Songster

    Besides the regular feed.....what other things do you feed your chickens? As in suppliments, scratch, alfalfa pellets and so on....
  2. MRNpoultry

    MRNpoultry Songster

    Mar 2, 2008
    Gibsonville, NC
    I feed mine a three grain scratch, bread and alot of other treats. Has anybody ever used proso mcmurry hatchery sells it.
  3. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    Mine get regular feed, a cup of scratch in the morning, treats late afternoon (veggies, noodles and Bread etc...) and a cup of scratch before bed.
  4. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Songster

    Mine get black oil sunflower seeds and cracked corn ........and laying pellets/crumbles 24/7 and oyster shell mixed in........treats every other day or on cold cold days are , rice, meat bits, yogurt , and what ever veggies are left over !
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2008
  5. Churkenduse

    Churkenduse Songster

    Jan 1, 2008
    Just about the same, scratch, kitchen scraps, cooked rice and noodles, black oil seeds, lots of bean sprouts (their favorite) I also give them some leftover cat food but not too often. Oatmeal and carrots. All of our chickens in here eat very well.

  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Mine get their 16% layer and a 20% layer supplement instead of the layer depending on the time of year. THen they get to dig though as much kitchen scraps as they want that get tossed outside on the ground.
  7. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Whatever doesn't eat them first! [​IMG] jk

    My chickens gets everything that I used to put in my compost pile. Now they compost it for me. I just shovel out the coop poop& straw toss it in the bin and wait until the winter to shovel into the garden
  8. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    I find mine go crazy for KFC!!

    OK, just kidding. I don't eat fast food.

    They get everything from my garden that doesn't go to the pigs or goats first. This time of the year, there are no pigs, so they are getting everything from the kitchen that would normally be composted.

    If the chickens don't like it and don't eat it, then the bugs surely will. Then the chickens eat the bugs and the scraps have served their purpose!
  9. TommyVT05

    TommyVT05 Songster

    Feb 6, 2008
    Southern California
    Just to point out...food with high sugar or salt shouldn't be given. It really doesn't harm them if given lightly but it doesn't help either, so its like, why bother right? : ) Ex. Noodles, Chips, Crackers, etc...if you look @ the Nutrition facts, barely any has nutrients but are super high in salt content and some high in cholestorol, etc. "You are what you eat"...and that same rule applies to our little feathered friends too. Hope this helps [​IMG]

    - Tommy
  10. littlebanty

    littlebanty Songster

    Anyone ever fed alfalfa pellets along with the layer? I wonder if it changes the taste of the egg....considering alfalfa has a strong but great smell. Ive heard it changes the color of the yolk to a really dark orange.

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