yogurt for chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by alexis&earl, Nov 6, 2007.

  1. alexis&earl

    alexis&earl New Egg

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    I've read that chickens like yogurt as a treat... how does one give the yogurt anyway? On a plate? In the dirt? And since I have 9 'new' chickens, how can I be certain they won't fight over it?
    AND, one more thing.... I'm afraid of my rooster. Could he hurt me with those talons of his? He's super aggressive in the hen house AND in the yard (we've had them since Sunday)
    thanks....
     
  2. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    You can give it to them in a bowl with their feed mixed in, or just by itself.

    WARNING: If you give it to them by itself, put the bowl down and quickly step away, or wear a rain coat, because it goes EVERYWHERE!

    Its hilarious! Be prepared to have aching sides from laughing so much. [​IMG] [​IMG]

    I got some picks from last weekend.

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  3. schmoo

    schmoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I usually mix the dusty portion of feed in with it. Then I know they are getting something else good for them that they need along with their treat. Make sure you use one that is plain nonfat with active cultures is even better for them. [​IMG]

    Rooster red is that a frisbee your using? I'm asking because thats what we use too:lol: Three frisbees spread out and the 21 girls go nuts- yogurt slinging wild girls!
     
  4. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

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    Rooster Red, may I copy & paste those two pictures into the Treats Chart page that I made? I want to jazz up the Treats page with photos.

    I was out in the run with my camera this morning trying to get that exact kind of shot of chickens eating yogurt. All I got were proper, demure little shots of proper, demure little Buff Orps delicately sampling from the dish. Not very exciting at all.

    Pretty please may I use your two photos, or could you transmit them to me in a slightly smaller size?
    Thanks,
    Buff
     
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  5. Ellie

    Ellie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Rooster Red, I use the exact same paper plate. I put it on top of a regular plate that sits on two bricks. Oh, how they love their yogurt.

    I took the advice from someone on here and mix oatmeal with it and have been adding sprouts on top... their favorite treat.

    Steamed rice and peas are becoming a close second.

    Ellie
     
  6. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I make yogurt from my goat's milk for my chickens. I usually boil some eggs and chopped them up (shells and all), cook a small pot of rice and mix in with a quart of yogurt. They eat every bite and often the bowl looks as if it has been licked.
     
  7. SandraChick

    SandraChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    WEll, everything I was going to say about yogurt has been said...so you also asked about your rooster---

    Yes...those talons can hurt you.....at this point, if he's chasing/attacking you he thinks he's the dominant roo...so you need to let him you that YOU are the dominant roo.

    There are two main methods I know work (3 if you count rehoming him and getting another- 4 if you count putting him in the pot).

    1. Pick him up and hold him while you do chores....give him TONS of love.....This method requires lots of time.

    2. Pick him up and walk around holding him by the legs upside down...for 10 minutes. May take a few days.


    Catching them can be a chore, especially if you free range. If you do free range....perhaps start the "treatment" in the morning when YOu let everybody out---he'll be easier to catch in the coop and you'll take away his favorite "loving" time--thus letting him know they're YOUR hens!

    Sandra
     
  8. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    Quote:Sure, you can use them.
    If you need them in a different size just email me with your requirements.

    Next time I'm going to shoot a vid of the action.
     
  9. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    Quote:Actually thats a mixing bowl thats about 6" deep.

    I can see where a frisbee would work much better, I just haven't owned one in a long time.
    Wal-Mart here I come!
     
  10. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    alexis&earl :

    I've read that chickens like yogurt as a treat... how does one give the yogurt anyway? On a plate? In the dirt? And since I have 9 'new' chickens, how can I be certain they won't fight over it?
    AND, one more thing.... I'm afraid of my rooster. Could he hurt me with those talons of his? He's super aggressive in the hen house AND in the yard (we've had them since Sunday)
    thanks....

    Take a look at this thread, it has info on handling the rooster problem. https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=18809&p=2
     

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