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Discussion in 'Nutrition - Sponsored by Purina Poultry' started by lreichert, Nov 7, 2014.
What are the best veggies & fruits to feed my hens?
Well we feed our hens scraps a lot! So apple cores, bread, lettuce, green beans, ect. You could feed them grapes, strawberries, watermelon, apples and there are many others! My chickens tend not to eat there green veggies because we spoil them with other tasty stuff!
Since its getting cold you could feed them cooked oatmeal (Mine LOVE it!). So I hope you find some treats to feed your girls!
Our babies like dried mealworms for a treat, and go crazy for watermelon in the summer. Now they go for our homemade mush that is made with red wine and some are made with beer. I heat up the wine or beer to boiling point to omit the alcohol, then I mix it with their regular feed to make the mush.
They love it. We accidentally found out that they go wild for the red wine/beer because had some stale liquid that we needed to use up.
They also like the oatmeal and fight over crushed corn, sunflower seeds etc.
Fruits and vegetables are a fun treat for your birds, as long as treats and scraps consist of no more than 10% of their diet. 90% of your flock’s diet should come from a complete feed designed for their life stage.
Greens are great for hens, as they can result in darker, richer yolks. Lettuce, kale, turnip greens and chard are great greens options. Watermelon, strawberries and blueberries are common fruits
More importantly, there are foods to avoid feeding your birds:
• Onions and garlic are not recommended, as they can give your eggs an off-flavor
• Avocado pits and skins contain a potential toxin called persin
• White potato peels that have green areas contain a toxin known as solanine, which can be fatal
• Undercooked or dried beans contain a toxin known as hemagglutinin
• Rhubarb contains anthraquinones, which can have a laxative effect. Rhubarb damaged by severe cold can be poisonous to chickens, due to the high concentration of oxalic acid
• Never feed moldy or rotten foods to your birds
• Very salty foods will result in excessively wet feces and may be toxic if enough is eaten