Saturday, March 24, 2012

What Do Chickens Eat?

  When we first started on the chicken journey, we planned to feed the minimum amount of layer pellets we could get by with while letting them free range for the majority of their diet. Of course if we could save a little more on the feed by tossing out some kitchen scraps, then that wouldn't be a bad thing. But what chicken scraps would they eat? Would they turn their little noses up at something that would then lay rotting in the yard until I finally nagged until DH couldn't take it  convinced DH it would be a good idea to remove the offending "stuff"? >>shudder<< HA! I repeat HA! Every since the first trip out with a bowl of scraps that was cautiously tossed out for the little dears, it has been impossible to walk out the back gate with any thing that remotely resembles a food container and not be stampeded. Those birds love EVERYTHING. And they literally send a shoutout to any of their friends who weren't lucky enough to see the goodies coming.
 Now, if I read your thoughts correctly, you're thinking: MAYBE those Hoosier Chickens are being underfed at Hoosier Girl's place. Maybe they can't find enough to scratch up around that little acre. Maybe someone is holding out on the layer pellets. HA! Trust me, these birds are not suffering from malnutrition in any way, shape, or form. They. just. like. to. eat.
 Not only do they scratch up bugs, and devour scraps, and force Hoosier Girl to make a weekly trip to the farm store for more pellets, oh no, they have also discovered the all-you-can-eat buffet in my garden! So this year, we did a little preventative maintenance- a border fence.


Sooo my dear friends. what I have learned in regard to the question posted in the title is: a better question would be, "what won't chickens eat?"  Hopefully the little fence will deter them from the plants that will be going in here.
Proverbs 27:23  Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.

7 comments:

  1. What won't chickens eat? In my experience onions and raw potatoes. Everything else is fair game. Good luck!!!!

    By the way, are your chicken's wings clipped? If not, you might have to put up a taller fence. Depends on how...um...determined they are. :)

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  2. I was wondering about the fence height also. My (stupid %$^*$) chickens flap their way up and OVER my berry garden fence which is four feet tall!

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  3. I trim my girls wings too, living in the city. It's easy to do. I also had to finally fence my hen/veggie bed to keep them in, as they ruined a lot of my perennials in the main backyard...

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  4. I trim my girls wings too, living in the city. It's easy to do. I also had to finally fence my hen/veggie bed to keep them in, as they ruined a lot of my perennials in the main backyard...

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  5. I trim my girls wings too, living in the city. It's easy to do. I also had to finally fence my hen/veggie bed to keep them in, as they ruined a lot of my perennials in the main backyard...

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  6. No, I haven't clipped their wings. I thought about it once.... So far they are happy to stay outside the fence, but that may change when there is something more appetizing inside. :) So I am prepared to run another row of fencing around it if needed.

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  7. All I know is that once my birds figured out there was tomatoes beyond the fence, they tried their darndest to get over it. So we ended up going quite a bit higher to keep the little buggers out. :) Hopefully your birds are nicer than that!

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