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Kier

  • Joined Jul 2008
Chicken treats/enrichment
« on: July 18, 2008, 08:35:17 pm »
My free range chickens and ducks seem happy enough but is there anything I can do to enrich their lives?any treats?I usually feed them corn as a treat and mealworms what do you guys usually do??????
Cheers in advance guys  :chook:
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hexhammeasure

  • Joined Jun 2008
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Re: Chicken treats/enrichment
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2008, 12:19:43 am »
for the hens we hang cabbage leaves and other veg offcuts on low branches near their house and dig a strip of ground for them to scratch at

the ducks also love a strip of ground turned over especially good moist soil they can seive their beaks through
but always have plenty of water handy so they can wash their food and beaks
Ian

Rosemary

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
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Re: Chicken treats/enrichment
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2008, 08:45:08 am »
A couple of tins of sardines once a week - they go mad for them.

Hilbillie

  • Joined Feb 2008
  • St. Mayeux, Brittany
Re: Chicken treats/enrichment
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2008, 01:43:58 pm »
Sardines in oil or tomato sauce?
Hilary

Rosemary

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
    • The Accidental Smallholder
Re: Chicken treats/enrichment
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2008, 08:07:07 pm »
Sunflower oil - olive oil is too expensive!

pigsatlesrues

  • Joined Oct 2008
  • Normandy, France
Re: Chicken treats/enrichment
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2008, 10:56:18 pm »
You can recycle their shells as well.  Ours go mad when I throw them out of the door.

Since we have moved ours onto new ground at our new house they are absolutely addicted to clover.  They move around in a group from one clump to another. 

Lettuce as well, although I am aware that it has something in it that shouldn't be given in large regular quantities.

Kate  :chook:
Bonjour et avoir un bon jour !

 

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