Will it give my girls the runs?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by CarolAnn, Oct 7, 2010.

  1. CarolAnn

    CarolAnn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have some peaches I can't use and thought I'd feed them to my flock. I also thought I'd put a pumpkin in the run for them. My question is this - When you put these types of food out for your birds are they apt to get the runs from eating too much or will they eat a little and not overdo to where their stools get too loose and cause problems. I threw a beach in the run the other day and it was gone to the pitt in 20 seconds, with my 27 birds. It shocked me. Was pretty funny too. So if you put out a pumpkin will they work it down at their leisure or stay at it till it's gone and all have the squirts?? Ü
     
  2. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't say for sure whether they'll get the squirts, but they are likely to keep eating it until it's gone. Sounds like fun! I would definitely do it!
     
  3. CarolAnn

    CarolAnn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well they sure loved it when I cut the top off this morning and let them have at it. I had to toss a handful of the innards in two directions to keep them from fighting over it. I just checked and the pumpkin is down by only about 1/3 and only one of 27 birds was eating on it. So the novelty has worn off and maybe they won't get the squirts! LOL

    It was well worth the $3 to make them happy.
     
  4. Hillsvale

    Hillsvale Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I broke one in halp... they ate it down to a fine skin in two days (16 birds)... even the skin is now almost gone... they eat absolutely everything!
     
  5. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's awesome! I love giving them treats - and pumpkin is so good for them too!
     
  6. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think so...but the first time I gave my chickens pumpkin I thought their crops were going to burst. I had a flock of Dolly Partons (on one side, anyway).
     
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  8. CarolAnn

    CarolAnn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They ate it down to a paper fine skin. Wow!

    What is the crop?
     
  9. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The crop is like a holding tank for the food.
     
  10. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The crop is that part at on their chest, on the right hand side, that fills up with food when then eat.
     

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