what to feed a chicken?

Kuntry Klucker

Crowing
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Jun 9, 2010
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I am wondering what is are good things to feed chickens becides the chicken feed?
I am trying to feed my rooster but everything i give him he does not seem to like.
so far I have tried, carrots, cucumbers, popcorn, cherrios, and bread. I am new
to the chicken hobby and have had him and right now only him for 3 days now.

Also, what are things that I should not feed my rooster?
 

americancowboy

In the Brooder
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Jun 7, 2010
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try yogurt. Its healthy for them and most chickens love it. but only plain or vanilla. Also my chickens love dill and fennel.
 

PhilErvin

Songster
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Sep 11, 2009
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When corn on the cobb is cheap I buy a couple for the girls. During the winter when there is nothing growing on the ground I buy a cabbage and give to them. I through all my fruit and vegetable scraps to them. cooked rice, macarooni and cheese leftovers. Just about any leftovers from the table.
 

fiberart57

Songster
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May 31, 2009
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Try some mealworms, raisins or grapes, scrambled eggs or a few crickets. It takes a chicken some time to get used to new food but mine actually squeal with pleasure at grapes and raisins.

Mary
 

peachlover

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If you are growing your own cucumbers let them grow oversized, split them open and they/he will first pick out the seeds then move onto the rest. Grasshoppers!!!
 

speckledhen

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There are feeds formulated for game roosters that would be perfect. I use an 11-grain scratch called Knockout Game Bird Feed that is great for my rooster who is crippled and lives separate from the flock. Here is a bowl of it. It's 12% protein (used to be 13% but I think they upped the corn content a smidge).




Mine love canned salmon or mackerel, scrambled eggs, oatmeal, cooked squash, etc.
 

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