Question about nutrition

Discussion in 'General Chicken Discussion' started by Pinkter, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. Pinkter

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    My chickens love to free range. In fact they've begun flying out of their run to get to "greener pastures." They end up on the other side of the house eating bird seed that's dropped. They still eat their grain but I worry that they're not getting enough nutrition due to the free ranging. What are your thoughts?
     
  2. Energyvet

    Energyvet New Member

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    The whole point of free ranging is to provide a better more natural diet and lifestyle. Being in a run and coop and eating pellets is s poor substitute in my opinion.
     

  3. rob

    rob New Member

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    they will be getting all they need from free ranging. if not they will eat the pellets and get it from them.
     
  4. Keith

    Keith New Member

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    Our flock is eating less and less supplement. I feed them right before they go down for the night, otherwise they will eat and not forage as much.

    The eggs are delicious, so rich from their free range diet compared to corn fed birds.
     
  5. ThreeJ

    ThreeJ New Member

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    They get everything they need from freeranging...bugs, seeds, worms, mice, and anything else they find.
     
  6. Sundancers

    Sundancers New Member

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    Like the others said ... they can get all they need from free range, even with snow on the ground they will pick & peck at the taller grasses and such. (which are easy to reach with the snow pack.)

    If they need more ... they will let you know. (one way or the other)