Treats or additions to daily feed

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering' started by Rachael, Jun 30, 2012.

  1. Rachael

    Rachael New Member

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    Hi :)

    My hens love mozzarella cheese, broccoli, grapes, strawberries and cut &grow lettuce. I was wondering what other people fed their chickens as treats oras an addition to their daily feed.
     
  2. rob

    rob New Member

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    mine like lettuce, but the favorite is dried mealworms which i give them in the evening, ive only got to shake the bag and they come running, :)
     

  3. Sundancers

    Sundancers New Member

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    Most anything from the garden ...
     
  4. ThreeJ

    ThreeJ New Member

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    Watermelon and corn on the cob.
     
  5. Apyl

    Apyl New Member

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    I give all scraps from dinner or what the kids dont eat. I also give left over worms from fishing and minnows. We did meal worms at one point but at $6 a bag it was getting to expensive.
     
  6. ChookChic

    ChookChic New Member

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    Love ham and bacon fat!!! Go absolutely nuts - but they also get the vege scraps to dig around in, dried corn and are provided with an endless supply of pellets to help themselves to. And I often see them chasing a fly or bug or something ...
     
  7. rob

    rob New Member

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    my lisht sussex is fab at catching flies.
     
  8. viejachula1

    viejachula1 New Member

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    I pick strawberries from my patch, and toss them to my chickens. It is so funny to watch the pecking order, or to see who is the greedy one. I have noticed how my rooster picks up the treat and drops it several times until one of my five hens sees and grabs it! I even have the biggest one hopping up to get it from my hand, since the smaller girls always take them from her. I have even seen them take treats from my lab's mouth!
     
  9. Jennibobs

    Jennibobs New Member

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    my neighbour passes slugs and snails through the fence to my girls, they go running over every time they hear her in the garden now!
     
  10. jhfamily5

    jhfamily5 New Member

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    Snails can carry gapeworms which are very dangerous to chickens. I know they love them, but they can get very ill and die from them. I just learned that recently. I would never have thought any bugs would be harmful for chickens to eat so I thought I had better pass that on.
     
  11. cogburn

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    Watermelon, cantaloupe, squash, all kitchen scraps.. And a handful of red wigglers every once in a while..
     
  12. ChubbyChicken

    ChubbyChicken New Member

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    It's cherry season here. I am thinking of driving over the pass to Yakima, WA to find b grade cherries to feed to my birds. Has anyone heard about cherries naturally worming birds? Theres a lady on another forum that claims it works for her.
     
  13. denise

    denise New Member

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    Mealworms, black oil sunflower seeds, raw pumpkin seeds, strawberries, watermelon, fresh corn on the cob, lettuce, frozen peas or corn, tomatoes, baby carrots, cucumbers and spaghetti noodles! There really isn't much they don't see as a treat!
     
  14. MeHimand5ofThem

    MeHimand5ofThem New Member

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    My girls are eating like queens since we started harvesting from the garden, They especially love tomatoes and strawberries. They go nuts over oatmeal and they love raisins too. Here is a pic of them enjoying a diced up apple (I took the core and seeds out)

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    And bugs.. boy do they like to eat bugs!
     
  15. les

    les New Member

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    Do you feed them meat
     
  16. cogburn

    cogburn New Member

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    Nice pic.. I have 2 EE that are identical to the 2 in the upper left corner.. Twins !!
     
  17. cogburn

    cogburn New Member

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    Not the best pics..
     

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  18. thechickenplace

    thechickenplace New Member

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    My girls love love love dried meal worms but they also love to help themselves to the garden. When its hot out...cold apples and watermelons help keep our girls cool!!
     
  19. bevie55

    bevie55 Bevie

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    Minature marshmallows are their favorite.
     
  20. crossbonesdennis

    crossbonesdennis New Member

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    Around here, If you go to the garden, you better bring them back something or you're going to get squaked at by a group of unhappy chickens.

    They like cherry toamtoes, butternut squash and other veggies.

    Their favorite is "Chicken Crack" as my wife calls it- Dried mealworms.