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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 8:21 pm 
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Wondering what vege scraps or other foods are okay to give to my chooks? They are on commercial mash and not laying yet..

We have so far given them corn on cob, pumpkin skin and a piece of grain bread which they have loved, just not sure what they would like and also if there are any veges etc we shoud avoid?

Thanks :)


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i feed mine everything and they are not dead yet :D

have been feeding them everything for as long as i can remember... including teabags and the odd spoon

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I give mine everyting too.
Left over lunch from the kids, vegie peelings, salad scraps.
I don't give them citrus peel or onion skin. Avocado skin wasn't a success either. Somethings don't get eaten so they just break down in the pen.
They love watermelon and rockmelon skins.
Be careful giving corn cobs if you have dogs around. A dog will choke on the cob if it swallows it hole. Same goes for mango seeds.

My Mum once had a rooster she called 'Roger the Rapist'.
She got sick of him and cooked him for dinner, then fed the carcass back to the girls. Revenge!!

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kiddo wrote:
including teabags and the odd spoon


one of my pekins once stole the tea bag straight out of my tea cup and went sprinting around the garden with it :lol:


But back to topic...

Hi SandyR :)

How old are your chooks? are they moulting? are they healthy?
There can be many reasons why your chooks aren't laying.

Have a look through these previous threads about feeding chooks:

http://forum.backyardpoultry.com/viewtopic.php?t=4656
http://forum.backyardpoultry.com/viewtopic.php?t=4037
http://forum.backyardpoultry.com/viewtopic.php?t=913
http://forum.backyardpoultry.com/viewtopic.php?t=2725
http://forum.backyardpoultry.com/viewtopic.php?t=4021
http://forum.backyardpoultry.com/viewtopic.php?t=4614

Give them a browse, and feel free to comment/ask questions on those threads, or come back to this one... see if that helps you t a bit.

Chooks are pretty good at selecting what's good for them, and can often be very picky :lol:
They'll tell you in no uncertain terms if they do not like anything :D


Cheers.


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Avocado is highly toxic to chickens!!


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Avocados are toxic to birds, chooks usually avoid it. avoid onions ( I give mine chopped chives both onion and garllic chives in mash and garlic mashed if they are sick. Onions (the pungent bulbs) can be too much for them and toxic if they have too much. Cooked onion in your spaggetti leftovers are probablyy ok so long as its not much in it. Big older chooks can handle it, bantams and chics can have more of a problem.

My layers get everything, none have died in 2 years from my scraps.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2007 8:36 pm 
It all comes down to availability of food, if you only supply toxic food they WILL die.

But if you supply a permanent supply of food, (eg pellets, wheat, etc), then supply the scraps, any scraps are ok, even Avocados and onions. They are smart birds, and know what to eat and not eat; it is the humans that are not smart, by trying to force them to eat toxic food.

I was told that potatoes kill cattle; they do, if they breathe them in, not by eating them.


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My grandfather reckoned pumpkins could kill cattle.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2007 1:13 am 
I am currently feeding over a 1/2 ton of pumpkin / potato / carrot / onion to my cattle and sheep every day for the past 1 year


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Apparently one of his pumkins rolled onto 3 heifers who were using the pumkin for shade .....

He also used to tell people if they want 10lb of spuds to go somewhere else, you either but a whole spud or go without.


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very good :roll: :roll: :roll:


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I think you all should have a look in Gardening with Chooks section and have a look at the websites for toxic plants for chooks. You have to keep in mind that some toxins actually build over time, so just cause they don't drop dead the next day doesn't mean it is ok for them. Think about it.
What about smoking, arsenic or asbestos (sorry, not a great speller) we know they are bad for us, it just takes some time.


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I think the problem with potatos, pumpkins etc with cattle is more that they can be a choking problem. Cattle can be gutses sometimes and will try and swallow things whole without chewing, also with all that slobbery saliva, round things can get very slippery in their mouths and can slip down and become lodged in the throat easily.

Anyway, back to chickens...........mine get everything except....onions, avocado, anything mouldy, or green potato skins (if they're poisonous to me, then I'm not going to offer them to the chooks :D )

They just love the seed parts of pumpkins, melons, tomatos, marrows (oversized zucchini after I forget to pick them for days :lol: ) and grainy bread. They are also very partial to windfall stone fruit from the orchard.


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My chooks get and eat all the food scraps from the house. I didn't know about avacardos :shock: So thanks for the advice.

Jacqui....


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My chooks get everything too. Anything they don't like they stomp into the ground. I think they play football with the avocado stones - I find them all over the place - unless the crows think they're eggs!


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