Aug 16, 2012

Chicken Treats Guide. Don't Love Your Pets to Death.

Chicken Treats Guide: What's good, what's not and how much is too much
If you’re reading this, chances are you have chickens that you consider pets and everyone enjoys spoiling their pets with treats, right? We get a kick out of seeing them run to greet us at the mere sight of the treat container or the sound of the back door opening. It makes us feel good to see them happy and we are entertained by their antics when they compete for coveted snacks. But the wrong treats and treats in excess can be harmful to their health, stunt growth, shorten their lifespan and interfere with egg production. So, what can they eat, what should they not eat and how much is too much? 
Chicken treats guide by The Chicken Chick
A good rule of thumb is: if you shouldn’t eat it, your pet chickens shouldn’t either (mealworms, insects and dirt notwithstanding). Common sense should be the guide in treat selection. The types of foods we require to maximize our own health are the foods we should consider when spoiling our chickens: high protein, whole grains, low salt, low sugar, fruits and vegetables. Milk products are an exception to this general rule because birds are not equipped with the enzymes necessary to properly digest milk sugars. Think about it: mother birds do not nurse their young. Some yogurt on occasion is fine and does contain beneficial cultures, but too much can cause digestive upset and diarrhea. Probiotics, such as Gro2Max, are a much better choice for chickens than yogurt.
Baby chicks require grit if they are fed any treats.
How Young?
Every new chicken-keeper wants to know how soon fluffy babies can eat treats.  The answer is: any time BUT, if they are fed anything besides starter feed, they will need grit (tiny bits of sand/dirt) to aid in digestion.  Starter feed is digested by saliva but other foods require grit for grinding in the gizzard (they’re a little short on teeth).
Given their tiny size and amount of food intake, a very small amount of treats can interfere with a chick’s nutritional balance, even if they're healthy choices. A chick’s growth, development and ability to defend against illness can be negatively affected by too many treats. I am pretty conservative with baby chicks and snacks. It is fun to spoil baby chicks, but I feel that the potential harm outweighs any feel-good benefit.  While not a treat, it bears mentioning that oyster shell should never be given to chicks or non-laying chickens as it can interfere with bone development and cause organ damage.
Blueberries are a favorite treat of my chickens.
What’s the problem with too many treats?
When chickens eat treats, they’re not eating feed, which is their primary source of nutrition even for free-range birds. Commercially prepared feed is very carefully prepared by poultry nutritionists who carefully monitor the composition of ingredients to ensure that a chicken’s daily vitamin, mineral and protein requirements are met. Supplemental foods (treats/snacks) replace a portion of those essential dietary elements to some degree. Excessive treats, even healthy ones, can cause any of the following: obesity, reduced egg production, malformed eggs, habitual laying of multiple-yolked eggs, vent prolapse, a protein deficiency, feather-picking, fatty liver syndrome, increased risk of heat stroke and heart problems. 
Rachel, my Bantam Cochin Frizzle, is not a huge fan of strawberries, but other chickens in my flock love them!
HEALTHY TREATS for CHICKENS
Proteins: beef, chicken, (I know, it seems wrong), eggs, (cooked only so as not to encourage egg-eating) fish, insects (crickets are delicious!) pork, worms (earthworms, mealworms), sunflower seeds (shells on)

Fruits: apples, peeled bananas, berries, coconut flesh, grapes, melon, peaches, pears, pomegranates, strawberries, raisins

Vegetables: asparagus, beans (fully cooked if previously dried), beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, greens, (kale, spinach, mustard) peas, peppers, pumpkin and raw pumpkin seeds, squash

Whole Grains: bread, cereal, pasta, oatmeal (cooked or not), sprouts.
Sprouting grains is an easy way to provide chickens with fresh, nutritious greens any time of year with very little effort; learn how easy it is HERE!
Sprouting grains is an easy way to provide chickens with fresh, nutritious greens any time of year with very little effort.
Learn how HERE
Chicken Treats Guide
Looking for healthy, homemade treat recipes? Look no further! This Flock Block Substitute is a healthy treat, containing lots of nutrition-packed ingredients that chickens need to make nutritious eggs, strong eggshells and beautiful feathers! 

My chickens love pumpkin- it's a nutritious treat.
Other healthy, nutritious treats that I make for my chickens include my Peeps' Pumpkin Pie and Chickens' Soup. Click on the links for the recipes!
Flock Block Substitute, a nutritious, homemade boredom buster for chickens!
OCCASIONAL TREATS
  • avocado flesh (not skin and not pits!)
  • tomatoes (can cause gastric upset in large quantities)
  • potatoes, (not green)
  • rice (a neutral treat- there are more nutritious choices available)
  • yogurt (probiotics are a much better choice than yogurt for gut health)
Chicken scratch is not chicken feed. It is low in nutrition, and high in energy and should be fed to chickens only occasionally in small amounts.
A few words about Scratch
Scratch is affectionately referred to as ‘chicken crack’ for a reason; chickens love it, can’t get enough of it and it’s not the best choice for them. Scratch typically consists of cracked corn and a mixture of grains, which tends to lack an appreciable amount of protein, vitamins and minerals. Scratch should be thought of as chicken candy and only given in small amounts occasionally. *Scratch should not be mixed into the flock’s feed.*
NEVER
Cooked eggs are an outstanding source of protein for chickens, which is particularly helpful during a molt.
Cooked eggs are an outstanding source of protein for chickens, 
which is particularly helpful during a molt.

MYTH: Chickens should not eat avocados.
FACT: Chickens can eat the flesh of avocado in moderation. However, avocado pits and skin contain persin, which can be toxic in significant quantities.
My chickens LOVE grapes!
MYTH: Chickens should not eat raw potatoes or potato skins.
FACT: Chickens should not eat GREEN potato skins. The green color indicates the presence of solanine, a toxin that affects the nervous system when consumed in large quantities. However, the average, healthy human would have to eat 4.5 pounds at one sitting to experience any neurological effects. Similarly, a chicken would need to consume large quantities of green potato skins to experience any effects. The leaves and stems of the potato plant DO contain high levels of solanine and are toxic to chickens. The take-home message?  If you wouldn’t eat it, don’t feed it to your chickens.
Potatoes are okay to feed to chickens even with the skin on, but they are not safe when the potato begins to turn green.
MYTH: Chickens should never eat onions.
FACT: Chickens can eat onions, chives and garlic in small quantities, occasionally. Sufficient quantities of onion and garlic can be harmful to chickens, causing hemolytic anemia, aka: Heinz anemia. “The alkaloid N-propyl disulphide is present in cultivated and wild onions, chives and garlic, and affects the enzyme, glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase in red blood cells,” which can cause Heinz anemia.
"Allicin, which gives garlic its odor, is also a strong oxidant. In rare cases, this chemical can be dangerous and can cause Heinz body hemolytic anemia, as well."
The treat trail. My chickens will follow me anywhere for treats! The-Chicken-Chick.com
The treat trail. They will follow me anywhere for treats!
Other healthy treat ideas include:
Homemade Flock Block Substitute. Recipe HERE.
Homemade Flock Block Substitute
Frozen Fruit Smoothies & Pullet Punch, recipes HERE.
Frozen Fruit Smoothies & Pullet Punch
Scrambled Eggpops. Instructions HERE.
Scrambled Eggpops
Peeps' Pumpkin Pie, recipe HERE.
Peeps' Pumpkin Pie
Molt Muffins, recipe HERE.
Molt Muffins
Cucumber tetherball & Squash Tetherball for Chickens
Sprouted Grains, aka: fodder. DIY instructions HERE.
Sprouted Grains, aka: fodder
Chickens' Soup


583 comments :

  1. I was just at the grocery store and was given two watermelons that had been dropped. I brought them home and my chickens went nuts! What surprised me was that the ducks went just as bonkers. It was the first treat that my ducks have responded to other than shredded lettuce in their pond!

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  2. Great information!

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  3. Awesome, you answered alot of my questions... Jackie Hahn-Winans

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  4. Thanks for the great info. I know I am always looking up what my girls can eat.

    Thanks
    Kasi
    kujosmom914@yahoo.com

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  5. already a fan of BOTH...if I win, I would like to win the chicken magazines!!!! :-)

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    1. Congratulations Cheryl! You have won the Grit Magazine giveaway!
      Please email me with your shipping address with "Grit Chickens" in the subject line. Kathy@The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  6. Thank You Kathy this is a very heplful guide on what to feed our chickens and what not...

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    1. Thanks so much, Diane! It's always nice to hear from you. ☺

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  7. Backyard Chickens & Homemade Bread =)

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  8. I love reading your posts!

    Would also love to get 2 GRIT magazines: the one on chickens and the one on bees.

    Thanks!!!

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  9. Amazing information! I am new to chickens and so much information out there!! I would love Backyard Chickens and backyard rabbits.

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  10. Backyard Chickens and Home Made Bread. I just love your pictures especially the chicken with the grape in its beak.

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  11. Thank you for this wonderfully helpful post. I am a new chicken Mama and this has been really helpful to read. I'd sure love to win any two of your wonderful GRIT magazines.

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  12. Hello I would love to have if I would win Backyard Chickens, Backyard Bees and Honey :)

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  13. Backyard Chickens and Rabbits.....

    joann mcgegor

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  14. I would choose Backyard Bees nad Honey and Backyard Chickens of course! Thank you :)

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  15. Backyard Chickens and Homemade Bread.

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  16. Backyard Bees and Honey & Homemade Bread are my choices.

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  17. Tanya Williams8/17/12, 12:46 PM

    I would love to have Backyard Chickens and Homemade Bread. I think I need to go subscribe to Grit! Thanks!

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  18. Oooooh I'd love the guides to Backyard Chickens & Backyard Rabbits!

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  19. The two guides I'd like are Backyard Chickens and Backyard Bees and Honey.

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  20. April Gibbons8/17/12, 12:57 PM

    Hi Chicken Chick! If I were to win, I would like the chicken book and the bread book.

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  21. great article, you answered my question about giving chicks oyster shells. but i should supply chicks with sand, correct?

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    1. Chicks that are eating ONLY starter feed do NOT need grit. Chicks that get any food besides starter feed DO. :)

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  22. love this page! would love to win the guide to backyard chickens and the guide to homemade bread. we got our first 6 babies(chicks) in may and they have been such a riot to watch grow up so far.

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  23. Already liked Grit on fb, but I did comment to them that you have grit! ;)
    If I won, I'd love the Guide to Backyard Chickens and the Guide to Homemade Bread. I have four hens right now and am loving learning all I can. And who doesn't love homemade bread? :)

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  24. Ooooh I'd Love the Guide to Backyard Chickens and Backyard Rabbits!

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  25. I would love to be able to read, Guide to Backyard Chickens and Guide to Homemade Bread.

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  26. Thanks for the good info on goodies :) I always wondered about potatoes!! I have never given them any cause I was told NOT to! If I had 2 of the Grit it would be Backyard Chickens, and Homemade Bread!
    Katie :)

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  27. Ooooh I'd love the guide to Backyard Chickens and Backyard Rabbits!

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  28. Backyard chicken please if I'm picked.

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  29. BIG FAN... i would love Backyard Chickens and Backyard Rabbits if selected..THANK YOU

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  30. Backyard Bees and Homemade Bread would be the ones I would choose if I won. Thanks

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  31. Good Morning Chicken Chick, I would love to receive Grit Magazines Guide to Homemade Bread and Guide to Backyard Bees and Honey. Great article above, I learned a lot. Thank you

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  32. Diane Jordan8/17/12, 1:08 PM

    Thanks!, I would like Backyard Chickens and Backyard Bees and Honey. :)

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  33. Erin Parker8/17/12, 1:11 PM

    Ha! Every time I step outside, my chickens come running for treats. So funny!

    I would love Backyard Chickens and Backyard Bees & Honey. Bees are my next project!

    nerna300@gmail.com

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  34. Great contest! I would love to win: Backyard Chickens and Backyard Bees and Honey. Thanks!

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  35. Easy - Backyard Chickens and Backyard Bees & Honey. I am still working on getting ready to start both. Hopefully in the spring.

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  36. Backyard Chickens and Backyard Bees & Honey <3

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  37. Backyard Chickens and Homemade Bread for me please!!! Hmmm. Sounds like dinner :)

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  38. Backyard Chickens, Backyard Bee's and Honey.

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  39. Great post thank you! and if i won i would choose Backyard Chickens , and Backyard Rabbits

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  40. Backyard Chickens, Backyard Bee's and Honey.

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  41. Great article! I would love to have backyard Bees & Honey and Backyard ChickensB

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  42. Thank you for posting ! If i won i would coose Backyard Chickens and Backyard Rabbits. This is Kelsi Beer from facebook (i dont know how to post as my name)

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  43. I would love Backyards Chickens and Backyard Rabbits

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  44. Backyard Chickens and Homemade Bread! I love your Information keep it up!!

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  45. Thanks for providing such useful infornation for a newbie chicken mama.

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  46. It is hard to choose just two. But I would have to say Homemade Bread and Backyard Chickens. Thanks for a chance to win these.

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  47. Backyard Chickens and Homemade Bread! We love your site. Please keep the stories, pictures, etc coming!

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  48. I've been a fan of MEN and Grit for years, I was overjoyed to find you today. I had chickens years ago, and am hoping to get back into raising them. There is nothing like a fresh egg from Happy Chickens! If I win, I'd like the Homemade Bread, (can you believe I've never made bread???) and the Chicken magazines?? I look forward to keeping up with you on FB!!

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  49. Tracey Hill Carter8/17/12, 2:13 PM

    I would choose Backyard Chickens and Homemade Bread. :-)

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  50. I would love to have Backyard Chickens and Homemade Bread, please. Thanks for this wonderful opportunity!

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  51. If i won i would love: Backyard Chickens, Backyard Bees and Honey.

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  52. Would love to have Backyard Chickens and Backyard Bees & Honey.

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  53. I would love backyard chickens and homemade bread

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  54. I would love to win the Backyard chickens and the Backyard Bees and honey! I am a newbie to owning my own chickens and have grown up helping as a child with my grandparents chickens. What a joy they are to have of my own. I have been researching and reading about chickens, care, diseases, and foods until my brain cannot store much more..lol. Thanks so much for such an informative page and I will be sure to follow you!!

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    1. Welcome to chicken-keeping, Joyce! I guess you can use a copy of that Grit Magazine Guide to Backyard Chickens, right? Well...congratulations, you have won it AND the Backyard Bees edition!
      Please email me with your shipping address with "Grit Chickens and Bees" in the subject line. Kathy@The-Chicken-Chick.com

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    2. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!! I have sent my information along to you. Have a great night :)

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  55. Your info is very helpful, our chickens will arrive soon!
    I'd like Backyard chickens & Homemade Bread. Thanks

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  56. I'd choose the Backyard Chickens & Backyard Bees & Honey if I won.

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  57. Hi, I'm a newbie chicken Mama and loving every minute. We just received the gift of our very first egg from the Girls yesterday!

    I love Grit and would want the chickens and the bees mags.

    Thanks,

    Ann

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    1. Congratulations on your first egg, Ann!!

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  58. I would love the chicken and rabbit magazines! Great info!!! Thank you!

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  59. First, thank you for the giveaway. I would love to have the Backyard Rabbits and Backyard Bees and Honey!

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  60. Chickens and Rabbits, please :)

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  61. Backyard chickens and bread. I love your blog! I don't treat much but it is great to know what is safe! I love seeing your chickens also!

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  62. Cathy McGuire8/17/12, 8:21 PM

    Backyard Chickens & bread for me,too...although,the one about bees is tempting me! I'm so glad that I saw your site as a "like" on my friend's page!

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  63. So hard to choose just two! Backyard chickens and homemade bread for me....

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  64. Thank you for this article. I'm new to chickens (2 months) and appreciate your blog and learning about the best way to care for my new pets. If I won, I'd love Backyard Chickens and Backyard Bees and Honey. Thanks. tdmom777 at g m a i l dot com

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  65. I would love Backyard Chickens and Homemade Bread. Tomorrow my girls will be 4 weeks old (counting the day we brought them home as their birthday) and love the way homemade bread tastes and smells up the house.

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  66. backyard chickens and homemade bread please!!! Wow! Grit showed you to me and I love your site! Brand new chickie momma here! Started last spring w/4 battery rescues and my broody just became a momma!

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  67. Ours like any fresh fruit.

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  68. I have never tried any of these treats before and would love to win some and try them! -Kelsi Beer on facebook

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  69. I find a new place every day where my hens lay an egg. It's like an Easter egg hunt. I have what's commonly referred to as a chicken addiction with 81 pets, all with names. They go crazy when I break out the mealworms.

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  70. I mean i have never tried any happy hen treats before but my chickens love corn, wet food, tomatoes, and fruit! -Kelsi Beer from facebook

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  71. Mine love the mealworms!

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  72. Jennifer Crotty8/18/12, 12:18 PM

    All my birds go crazy for mealworms!

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  73. Mealworms mealworms mealworms!

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  74. my girls are 3 months old and i havent given them anything but the bugs i find in the yard....gotta get them some mealworms!!!!
    elismbaslow@hotmail.com

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  75. I have never given them any but they would probably love me if I gave them some
    David NeSmith
    tree27@windstream.net

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  76. I have never given them any treats besides crickets which they LOVE! I have always heard they love mealworms but everytime I try to find them they are always sold out wher I go :(
    Beth Martin
    Flutterbug91@yahoo.com

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    1. I think that wal-mart carries the smaller bags.

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    2. lowes and homedepot

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    3. TSC carries them and you can find them online lots of places including: My Pet Chicken, Fleming Outdoors, Eggcatrons.com, JeffersLivestock, The Egg Carton Store, The Randall Burkey Company and more!

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  77. Mealworm Frenzy! I would love to win this with a treat ball. Great to keep the hens happy and occupied!

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  78. Diane Jordan8/18/12, 3:45 PM

    mealworms!!! Thanks

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  79. Esther Widgren8/18/12, 4:50 PM

    Thanks for the info. Oddly enough I bought some scratch for my girls and they don't seem to care for it! I mean, they'll eat it but not very enthusiastically! They'd MUCH rather have some bananas or melon or MEALWORMS!!!! :-)

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  80. My chickens love blueberries and mealworms!!!!!!!

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  81. My girls love greens, bananas, watermelon and mealworm - except for Loo-loo she'd rather have pasta.

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  82. My girls love the mealworms!

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  83. My girls go crazy for
    watermelon.

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  84. I have never tried happy hen treats and would LOVE to!!

    poohlover2000@yahoo.com

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  85. Alexis henry8/19/12, 10:32 PM

    Just came in from slicing up some bananas and cucumbers for my girls and their few boys - I gave up trying to feed mealworms to the wild birds and now my girls get them on occasion

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  86. Would love to win the mealworms! My chickens love them!!

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  88. Would love to win! When my new. Coup is finished I will post pictures! I have been so inspired by your blog and photos, they make me grin from ear to ear. Thank you!

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  89. Hiya! I love to read your posts on your blog as well as on Facebook! They are very informative, keep up the great work. Don't stop with the super great photos too!

    I would love to win a Happy Hen Treats Prize Package of Mealworm Frenzy, Sunflower Sensation AND a Treat Ball! My chickens go gaga when it's treat time! Plus they love fresh fruits & veggies & a treat ball would be wonderful for them!

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  90. I would love to win the mealworm and sunflower frenzy.

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  91. I would love love love Backyard Chickens, Backyard Bees & Honey.:)

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  92. Kathy, I read that cucumbers will make a hen stop laying, have you heard this? I don't feed cukes for this reason. Would love to win the Grit's Backyard Chickens & Backyard Rabbits.

    Caprese Parks parks90@comcast.net

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    1. I have never heard that. You can feed your chickens cucumbers, Caprice. :)

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  93. Beth Martin8/22/12, 8:12 PM

    It would be nice to have backyard chickens and backyard bees and honey.

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  94. I love reading your posts, they are so informative. I enjoy seeing the pics(most of the time, some medical ones are a little gross LOL) It makes me excited for when we are finally able to have our own small chicken flock!

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  95. Need all the help I can get on this journey to raise chickens! We'd love to win the backyard chickens book, and since I love making bread, that would be my second choice! Love your posts on facebook!

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  96. I would LOVE to win the chicken and the bee! Oh what fun reading that would be. Could even use it to teach the kids more for our home science studies! Thank you for the chance to win!!!

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  97. Would love to win the books on rabbits and bees! Will be receiving 2 Holland Lops in just a couple weeks and 2 hives will be going up in the spring! Need to do some reading! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  98. mslizard2@aol.com8/23/12, 11:50 AM

    Thanks for the info on all the things chickens can eat. I was surprised there were so many different everyday things I can feed them. I would like the Chicken and the Homemade Bread books. Im sure there are lots of things I need to learn about my chickens that would help them. Also Who doesnt like homemade bread? Thanks!

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  99. Thanks for all the great info I would love to have the Backyard Chickens and Homemade Bread books.

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  100. would love love love to win this! i never win anything!!

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  101. A very good read...alot I did not know. Thank you for the education into the foods. I can say I have a few changes to make and a few things to start adding to the foods for my Chickens.

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  102. Thanks for a wonderful article! I actually loved one of my first birds to death, the first winter I had them. I was so afraid that they would be cold that I gave them a diet with too much fat, and I lost a hen to atherosclerosis. (I had a necropsy done.) I had no way of knowing back then, since I hadn't found any resources for learning about which treats are good for them and which are not. I haven't lost a bird to such a thing since, I'm happy to say! Bookmarking your article!

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  103. TheChickenChick10/18/12, 11:26 PM

    That's unfortunate, Mary, but thank you for sharing your story. Many of us spoil our pets but there are ways to spoil them that will keep them fit and healthy.

    Thanks for stopping by tonight! Have a great weekend.

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  104. Kathy, thank you so much for a very informative article!  I like to put out some scratch in the hen house at roost time every night for their early morning confinement time to help keep them occupied until daylight and the pop door opens.  I would like to ask a question: Am I over-doing it with my "homemade" scratch of sunflower seeds (40 lb bag), cracked corn (50 lb bag), wild birdseed mix (35 lb bag) and layer pellets (about 25 lbs)?
    Thank you so much for teaching us about chickens and their health!
    Tina Rainwater
    tinathyme@yahoo.com

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  105. TheChickenChick12/19/12, 10:27 PM

    Everything in moderation, Tina. I would skip the birdseed and cracked corn, the sunflower seeds are good for them though.

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  106. Why wouldn't we eat a bowl of raw onions? Have did that. Never heard you shouldn't.  My chickens once past the small stage will be in a portable coop and except for grit they won't get hardly an feed. It isn't necessary moving the chickens all around the yard/field area.  When they get ready to lay they will get small amounts of laying feed while they're outside.  When inside in bad weather  they will need more but they will have so much to eat they won't need feed in summer. esp.Nice to know what they can and cannot eat, but of course we will eat most of what you mentioned except minimal scraps as we eat much and don't peel very many things.  Can't afford actually store bought treats, but with all the outdoor goodies they can scrounge they won't need them. Thanks for all the information though.

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  107. Sharon Lee Bense2/8/13, 12:16 PM

    Thanks for the great article!

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  108. My babies love the mealworms and during the summer they love melons, tomatoes, and blueberries. I loved reading your blog about treats, very informative.

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  109. I fee my chickens lots of veggi treats particularlypumpkins. thanks for the information in this article :)

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  110. My babies love the mealworms and during the summer they love melons, tomatoes, and blueberries. I loved reading your blog about treats, very informative.

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  111. Great post, thank you for all of the information.
    We feed them some scratch that we make and then of course fresh fruit and veggies that used to go to compost.  They are most happy with watermelon I must admit.  

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  112. Cathy Piner2/8/13, 12:23 PM

    I like to give my hens scratch occasionally and fresh salad greens! I would love some alternatives! Thanks for the prize opportunity.

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  113. Kathy, i love your blog it`s very imformative my chickens love everything and everything.look forward to the next letter.

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  114. Treats? Ha!  Our spoiled girls get Molt Loaf, some scratch, and whatever veggies we have that won't get eaten in time.  They love that loaf, and with being confined to the barn this winter, they need the extra nutrients they're not getting from foraging.

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  115. Joyce Zaleski2/8/13, 12:34 PM

    My chickens truly are spoiled. I grow wheat grass for them, I raise mealworms for them, I feed them Kale, among other healthy treats. I do not feed them anything that has no real nutritional value. I have not seen these treats around my area so I would love to win this prize. Thanks so much. queenb@epix.net

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  116. I give the girls whatever kitchen scraps look appetizing. They get a bit of scratch on days when it's going to be cold. Whenever there are any leftovers I give them scrambled eggs and they LOVE bananas!

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  117. In the summer, my chickens love to eat 1/4rd grapes. They will take them right out of my hand!

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  118. Carolynn Popp2/8/13, 12:49 PM

    My flock gets various fruits and veggies as treats.  People at work even bring me their over-ripe veggies to give to my flock.  Never rotten though :)

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  119. I am new to raising chickens so I am looking for suggestions

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  120. We feed Hotcakes and Happy Hens Meal Worms....The girls Love them!!

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  121. My little girls' favorite snacks are tomatoes, watermelon, GRAPES!!!! They will perform all sorts of tricks for a grape! LOL! I have not purchased treats for them yet as locally, I just haven't found any on the shelf. I printed out the directions for your homemade version of the Flock Block! Love your site!

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  122. nancykittykay2/8/13, 1:11 PM

    I always learn somwthing valuable from you..Thanks.

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  123. I usually give my girls mealy worms or cooked oatmeal & eggs.

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  124. Melanie Christopherson2/8/13, 2:09 PM

    My chickens get scratch tossed in their house when its snowing because they dig and scratch around for it and it keeps them busy for hours.  My husband feeds them meal worms, but mostly for our entertainment as it's causes quite a show, so I don't really know if that's a treat for them or us! 

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  125. Usually fresh vegetable and fruit scraps. But the new chicks just arrived, so I'm going to need something more for 16 new babies!

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  126. My chickens love the forage blocks and mealworm frenzy...just ran out of mealworms!  I need to try the seed mix you mentioned above.  I plant veggies just for them in the garden but the mix of green seems great too!

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  127. Hi Kathy...I subscribe to your blog via email, and I "liked" the Resolve Sustainable Solutions facebook page. My chickens' favorite treat is mealworms, hands down! I usually give them protein as treats: worms, hamburger, eggs. Some yogurt with flax seeds sprinkled on top. They also get all of our appropriate veggie and fruit scraps. They have a "scratch block" in the run, and I am pleased that they have to work so hard to get treats from it, because they don't overdo it on the scratch.

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  128. I've done everything you asked.  I had previously 'liked' Resolve Sustainable Solutions.  Thanks for the information.  I appreciate the work you put into supporting your information!

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  129. Heather Schleifer2/8/13, 4:40 PM

    My girls get just about everything from Apples to Zucchini. They just adore watermelon in the Summer and pumpkins in the Fall. On cold days I pour hot water in their regular feed, they think that is a pretty great treat in itself (just don't tell them that) ;)Sometimes rice and pasta, in moderation of course. I get quite a kick out of my girls trying to "slurp" spaghetti  too!

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  130. It's my sister's flock which gets the goodies....including two geese which pretty much rule the roost.

    We feed them all sorts of table scraps, culls from the local stores, and insects when cheap enough (we're both on limited incomes and physically impaired).........looking forward to having my own flock again some day......heritage breeds of chickens, turkeys, ducks, and believe it or not, peafowl.

    I raised chickens, turkeys, and quail when I was a kid, and neighbors had peafowl.......loved to hear the daily "Help, Help" peafowl hollering......I hear they are great meat birds as well, which is why I have an interest in them as well.

    Hoping to win the goodies for my baby sis........Thanks for a great blog that keeps me and my sister interested, educated, and chuckling.....

    Our best to Rachel, she's such a gas!

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  131. It's my sister's flock which gets the goodies....including two geese which pretty much rule the roost.

    We
    feed them all sorts of table scraps, culls from the local stores, and
    insects when cheap enough (we're both on limited incomes and physically
    impaired).........looking forward to having my own flock again some
    day......heritage breeds of chickens, turkeys, ducks, and believe it or
    not, peafowl.

    I raised chickens, turkeys, and quail when I was a
    kid, and neighbors had peafowl.......loved to hear the daily "Help,
    Help" peafowl hollering......I hear they are great meat birds as well,
    which is why I have an interest in them as well.

    Hoping to win
    the goodies for my baby sis........Thanks for a great blog that keeps me
    and my sister interested, educated, and chuckling.....

    Our best to Rachel, she's such a gas! 

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  132. Nora Mariano2/8/13, 5:33 PM

    I like to give my girls mealworms and watermelon! 

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  133. Would love some treats!

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  134. I follow your blog with Google Reader (gingeroo616@AOL.com) and liked Resolve on fb (oursafehaven)...and commented. My chickens get scratch and all healthy leftovers.

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  135. I haven't given my little girls any treats yet but hoping they are about old enough to try some mealworms... they are four weeks old now :) Thanks for all the wonderful information!

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  136. I give scratch on occasion, black oil sunflower seeds, I make them flock blocks (with your basic recipe and embellish on my own)  They free range, and I give them kitchen scraps when I have them. 

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  137. Our chickens love mealworms! Also give them sunflower seeds and watermelon in the summertime. On cold winter days, they love warm oatmeal!

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  138. Our chickens get scratch, milk and corn. The chicken chick sent me also. 

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  139. My chickens are so spoiled rotten, I've taken to really monitoring what they get to eat.  Your information and Resolve's treats help with that.  Thanks!

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  140. My chickens love meal worms and the hotcakes I just got last week!!!

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  141. I give my girls scratch, and any extra fruit or veggies that we don't eat.  I scored some fresh veggies at the store for .05 in the "day old" area- they loved it!

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  142. I give a 5 grain scratch or GMO free corn everyday. Produce, or healthy leftovers from my kitchen, live mealworms, and in season they love blackberries and apples.

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  143. Good afternoon! I subscribe to your blog through my email violetacres at frontiernet..net  I give my girls cooked egg dishes with shell of course, and treats of rice!  These look good, would love to give them to my chicky ladies!  I "liked" Revolution as well. Thank you for doing the giveaways!
     

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  144. CocoRogers2/9/13, 7:12 PM

    My flock loves raisins, dried meal worms, millet, and scrambled eggs! They also love the UltraKibble. :-)

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  145. Our chickens love all sorts of treats- fresh veggies breads and the latest fave is flax seeds. They flock to flax!

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  146. The girls actually love weeds that grow in our yard. You would think it was chocolate!

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  147. Flax are the newest favorite!

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  148. I feed my girls oatmeal & raisins, broccoli, peas & corn, herbs etc.  I would love to supplement that with Cackleberry Nuggets, Hot cakes, etc.  Thanks,Kathy!

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  149. The girls are particularly fond of dandelion greens & pears.

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  150. Sometimes I hang a cabbage for them the much on. Last week I cooked a box of mac and cheese, but I only use half of the powdered cheese mix cause lots of sodium in there.
    Love a chance to win treats!
    Linda

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  151. My spoiled chickens get Happy Hen Treats, Harvest Delight, ForageCake, and UltraKibble. I have never heard of the Chicken Salad Seed Mix, but I will now have to find some...Nothing is too good for my babies!! LOL

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  152. My post disappeared so I don't know if it went through or not. If this is a duplicate, I apologize. My spoiled flock gets Happy Hen Treats, Harvest Delight, ForageCake, and UltraKibble. I will have to get some of the Chicken Salad seed mix. I hadn't seen it before. 

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  153. Vegetable peelings when I have them, they really like it when I scramble up the cracked eggs,  and they love the bear bait (outdated bread) that I get from the store bakery.

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  154. I give my chickies leftovers, scrap veges and fruits.  On cold days I'll make them up a batch of oatmeal, rice, pasta and throw in some raisins and nuts and other little treats..they quite enjoy it!  I've tried our local store for scraps but was told no..so anyone willing to give me scraps I'm happy to take! and so are my girls!  Have been enjoying reading your blog and all you share!  Thank you!

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  155. Alex Summersell2/9/13, 7:55 PM

    My chicken like pumpkin. Also scratch grains. 

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  156. Jackie Johnson2/9/13, 8:00 PM

    More often than not my girls get leftover salads and, when I can get a BOGO or a good sale on kale greens, I fill their basket with that. Once in a while they get mealworms or the ends of our bread. Not much bread in our house. When it gets down to freezing here, they get a mix of oatmeal, scratch and dried fruit to get them warmed up. A bit of scratch the night before to keep them warm.

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  157. They get fresh blueberries, blackberries and raspberries that they steal off of my bushes in the summertime!  I am always giving them table scraps.  I just toss them off my deck so whenever I open the door now they come running whether I have food or not :)  

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  158. Great information! My chickens love mealworm frenzy and melons, especially watermelon.

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  159. Great information! My chickens love mealworm frenzy.

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  160. Haven't tried any???   Would like too...but mine get table scraps, lettuce, garden stuff, bread, oats out of the horses hay...are out all day and hardly eat the STORE stuff in their feeder

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  161. I don't have any chickens yet

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  162. I don't have any chickens yet.

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  163. MartyGolubow2/10/13, 12:50 AM

    BELIEVE it or not, but my birds love to eat the small bits of dry cat food....left over after my 7 cats are done eating?

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  164. vickie morgan2/10/13, 6:57 AM

    Thanks so much for clearing the air about the potatoes!  I thought they were all bad except cooked ones to feed them.   My chickens love watermelon in the summertime and anything else out of the garden

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  165. Is pure cracked corn considered "scratch" and should only be given as a treat? Please reply at jbrazee@comcast.net..  Thank you

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  166. TheChickenChick2/26/13, 11:10 PM

    Cracked corn is NOT considered scratch. Scratch has other grains in it in addition to corn.

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  167. Thanks for another great article! Always love reading them, especially when I learn something new. :-)

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  168. Joyce Zaleski4/6/13, 8:09 PM

    Would love to be entered in this giveaway. Thank you so much. queenb@epix.net

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  169. I would LOVe to win chicken feed. So glad I found this page

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  170. I follow with GFC (we5warriors)

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  171. Well now that I have so many girls I'm going to need as much feed as I can get !! LOL

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  172. Good Article! Nice giveaway! :-)

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  173. I pulled some weeds today, the girls loved them.
    Love a chance to win!
    Linda

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  174. I find your blogs very informative as well as the list of articles on the left side of the page.

    My stepmom was the big chicken person in the family and then she lost interest. I am now rebuilding our population of chickens and hatching out chicks, ducks and geese for the first time by myself.

    Your articles have been very helpful in getting information and projects underway. Thanks and keep up the good work.

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  175. sunnyr20004/6/13, 8:15 PM

    Sign me up for the giveaway, please!

    Thanks,
    Sunshine

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  176. Hoping to win this goodie today because we had 6 chicks...today added two more AND rescued a baby duck AND my husband got 4 quail. I need....the feeeeeed. ;) Thanks for all you do!

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  177. I'am new here and loving it
    thanks so much for all you do !!!!

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  178. i'd love to win this contest to help offset the cost of starting up (new coop, new chickens, new bedding, etc... my coop arrives in 1 week!

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  179. Andrea Manuszak4/6/13, 8:20 PM

    Just got our first chickens... This is great info for us! Thanks

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  180. We are getting our yard ready for our first bunch of feathered girls. I am so excited as I have been reading about keeping chickens for a couple of years and I think (fingers crossed) that I am ready. I have even picked out the chicks I want and will be driving to Meyers Nursery (only 90 minutes from me!) to get them. I stumbled upon your blog and have been reading everything and am love with your coops. It is obvious that you love your feathered friends and you are passing that love onto us. Thanks for sharing your wisdom!

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  181. Beth Burnham4/6/13, 8:21 PM

    Ok.....I finally joined google so I can participate....stubborn!!

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  182. My girls love lambs ear which grows wildly everywhere

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  183. my chickens would love these treats :D

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  184. My chicks waste so much food. This would come in handy.

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