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Bodrighy



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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 09 10:16 am    Post subject: What can't hens eat?  Reply with quote    

Is there anything that chickens can't or shouldn't eat? I know they are omnivorous and that they shouldn't be given raw or perhaps cooked meat but is there anything else that they shouldn't be given We want them to be as organic as possible and have access to organic pellets from a local farmer who buys it by the ton. (She let's us have a 20kg bag for a tenner) At the moment they seem happy enough demolishing the weeds and plants in the run and no doubt snaffling a few bugs on the way. I'm experimenting to find out if there is anything that they go mad for so I can use it as a bribe if (when) they get out or are allowed in the garden.

They sem to be doing OK so far. We were told we would probably only get eggs every other day as they are older hens but have had 5 in three days so farso I guess we are doing something right.

Pete

Pete

bibbster



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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 09 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Don't give them chocolate

Rob R



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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 09 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nothing that has been prepared in a domestic or commercial kitchen, for a start. Though quite where the law stands on them helping themselves, I'm not sure...

Yesterday, as dpack made the cup of tea, head breakfast stealer took it upon herself to taste his cuppa

Bebo



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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 09 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Don't let them get access to avocado - the stones are very poisonous.

If you want to be able to tempt them back into the run give them an afternoon feed of corn in the run. Give it a week or two and the rattling of a container with some corn in it will have them legging it back in.

vegplot



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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 09 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Foot balls. They can't swallow them whole.

TheGrange



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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 09 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

mine go mental after polystyrene ... anyone would think they have found the holy grail of food stuff, we saw them legigng it at full pelt across the fields chasing after the leader with her beak firmly clasping a piece of packaging that had been kindly left by the bin men!

i doubt its very healthy for them

Lorrainelovesplants



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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 09 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

No avocado, no salt.

Chez



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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 09 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

All hens *love* polystyrene for some reason, and it seems to go straight through and come out the other end, leaving them no worse for wear.

They *love* yoghurt

mousjoos



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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 09 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Peas in a tin

Blue Peter



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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 09 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bebo wrote:
Don't let them get access to avocado - the stones are very poisonous.


I'm not very well up on chickens, and so perhaps don't appreciate the size of their mouths, ,but is there anyway on God's earth in which a chicken could knock back an avocado stone?


Peter.

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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 09 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

As you can't feed them kitchen scraps anymore it's shouldn't be a problem but when it was legal care should be taken not to give them too much salt.

AFAIK it's still fine to give them something like a dead rabbit as long as it hasn't entered the human food chain, i.e. it 's not entered the kitchen etc.

I've also heard of avocado being poisonous and I'd take care with things like yew berries as chickens grind their food so the toxins in the pips will be released.

Rob R



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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 09 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

mousjoos wrote:
Peas in a tin


That is one well trained chicken!

goldy1



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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 09 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I was at a camping meet last weekend and there was a party for a 65th birthday going on. the farmers chickens thought it was Christmas in and out of peoples legs picking up the scraps. they loved the pizza.

bibbster



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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 09 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

they will also eat the cats food given less than half a chance

Green Rosie



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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 09 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They are very partial to dog poo if you don't get it scooped up first

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