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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Easter eggers, Jul 28, 2011.
Is commercial feed and nothing else besides water ok for chickens?
Yes. Commercial feed is formulated to be "complete" nutrition.
But chickens fed some treats now and then are happier, and if their treats include fresh greens, they'll lay better tasting eggs.
I had some problems with babies who were only on crumbles. When I added a supplement to the water , no more problems. I was so impressed I started giving it to the whole flock, and I can't believe how good they look. I use quick chick and avian 2000, both available from cackle hatchery.
While commercial feed is formulated for "complete" nutrition, one may ask him/herself..."complete nutrition for what?"
For commercial chickens kept in commercial conditions, churning as many inferior eggs as possible during a brief life which ends in chicken soup.
Just some food for thought, you may or may not be interested in a healthy questioning of the system.
If your chickens are laying I would provide them with 17 % laying pellets & some greens. Also, some oyster shell in a seperate bowl. Fresh water at all times & your done.
Here is the BYC treat chart...mine and everyones chickens I would imagine LOVE treats...grapes, apples, pumpkin, watermelon to name a few...
and you will get wonderful tasting eggs!
Yes sometimes that is all mine eat
Quote:Have you made any progress on resolving that feather-picking issue within your flock?
I am so excited about having chickens, partly because I HATE to waste food. With the chickens and the compost bin Im going to start, I think a lot more of our food will be used by something, instead of the trash can. I made salad the other night and wished I could have thrown the lettuce ends and stuff to some chickens.