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    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeMay 27th, 2009 12:48pm (May 27th 2009)
     
    In the morning, every morning,
    I get a pan with last nights bits left from tea.
    I add some sweet corn and seed and their grit and warm it up for their breakfast.

    When i get home from work. I give them another meal,
    Maybe some more seeds or bread or bits from fridge..
    I also give them meat I've BEEN TOLD NOT TO DO THIS.. BUT AS IM NOT PLANNING TO EAT MY FRIENDS(CHICKENS)


    Then i don't see why i cant give them meat as they love it..

    What do you give your hens to eat and how often?
    • CommentAuthormustangsally
    • CommentTimeMay 27th, 2009 2:51pm (May 27th 2009)
     
    My girls get corn and laying pellets every day along with half (other half goes to dogs) the leftovers (with 3 year old twins you can imagine there's quite alot)! They also get treats of porridge, spaghetti etc! The kids deliberately put too much cereal in their bowls in a morning so they can go and give the extra to the chickens!

    They have the peelings off the veg etc and took great delight at the leftovers from the bbq on monday!

    They also love a yoghurt but you have to drop it and run cause it makes so much mess!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 27th, 2009 5:14pm (May 27th 2009)
     
    I'd never have thought of yoghurt...and I threw a big pot of it away last week too!
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeMay 27th, 2009 5:56pm (May 27th 2009)
     
    Yes Yoghurt is meant to be really good for them. I'm going to get some when i go to asda.
    My 3 yr old son also Leaves leftovers which goes to the hens..

    But is it ok to give them meat.. can you feed a chicken, chicken..
    I do they love it, But is it wrong!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 27th, 2009 5:59pm (May 27th 2009)
     
    Chickens are descended from vultures. Which becomes very evident when I chuck meat leftovers out to mine! :D I don't see any reason why they shouldn't eat meat, and mine love it. But for an educated answer, Red or Neil will be along in a minute...
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeMay 27th, 2009 6:12pm (May 27th 2009)
     
    But for an educated answer, Red or Neil will be along in a minute...

    YOUR SO RIGHT ON THAT!

    I only joined a week n abit ago, and Red/Neil has helped loads.

    (i think their vets really) A vet who gives out free advice. YER RIGHT WE WISH...LOL

    Any way. I did have a chicken with bad feet. Just cleaned them and put the petroleum jelly on the. Think i'm on day 3 or 4. And the mega difference is brill..
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 27th, 2009 6:13pm (May 27th 2009)
     
    Good; saves you having to worry. I hate it when animals are ill...I feel so useless.
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeMay 27th, 2009 6:15pm (May 27th 2009)
     
    Yes and my hubby said i couldnt take them to the vets. He says that when my fish swim up,side down too...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 27th, 2009 6:17pm (May 27th 2009)
     
    Wait till he's ill and asks you to get the doctor...:devil:
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeMay 27th, 2009 6:21pm (May 27th 2009)
     
    Yes but there free....lol
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 27th, 2009 6:22pm (May 27th 2009)
     
    But he probably doesn't know that...:devil:
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeMay 27th, 2009 6:24pm (May 27th 2009)
     
    who the chicken or the hubby?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 27th, 2009 6:27pm (May 27th 2009)
     
    Your hubby, cherub. Just wait till he starts swimming upside down...
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 27th, 2009 6:30pm (May 27th 2009)
     
    hee hee sorry shouldn't laugh really think mine already does
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeMay 27th, 2009 6:34pm (May 27th 2009)
     
    lol
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 27th, 2009 7:40pm (May 27th 2009) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Most of a chicken's diet should be based around layers pellets, which can be bought online or at most pet shops. You can add corn too which they seem to REALLY enjoy, but layers pellets give them the boost needed for egg production. Our girls get a mixture of both every day in their bowl, and a scattering of grit too to help them digest their food.

    However they also get extras, of course ;) Any extra food should be based on fruits or veggies, but ours obviously enjoy 'bad' foods too such as bread, pasta, cake etc etc...look at the size of Tilly :D Keep fatty foods and dairy products to a minimum though as they're s'posed to be pretty bad for chucks.

    As for meat, we don't feed our chickens meat (obviously, being veggies and a vegan ;) ) and there is a whole huge debate on whether feeding them meat is healthy / unhealthy, but personally I don't know so won't comment :)
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeMay 27th, 2009 8:11pm (May 27th 2009)
     
    Red you dont know!!!!! now im shocked... my chickens dont like pellets.
    I do give them them, but they dont like them
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 27th, 2009 8:16pm (May 27th 2009)
     
    try mixing them with some cooked mashed potato or scraps, They are full of nessesary nutriments and minerals so essential for their health
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeMay 27th, 2009 8:22pm (May 27th 2009)
     
    ok ill do that in morning
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 27th, 2009 8:26pm (May 27th 2009)
     
    if they are hungry they will eat it.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 27th, 2009 9:22pm (May 27th 2009)
     
    Have you looked into the pellet's nutritional content and what that comes from?
    Some pet foods are absolute rubbish and mostly "fillers" - don't have details but it is like human baby milks - there is a lot of junk in there...
    The Health Visitors have just been issued with the weight gain charts for breast fed babies as these babes don't put on weight so quickly, 'cos their food is not souped up with "fillers", that not only fill the baby up more so it sleeps it off for longer but it also puts on more weight which at one time was a golden target for your babe.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMay 28th, 2009 11:04am (May 28th 2009) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Layers pellets are a requirement though for your laying hens, unless you can give them LOTS of fresh greens and a hugely varied diet (and even then it might not contain the correct nutrients that egg production requires). The layers pellets will probably have additional stuff to bulk them up and bind them together, but they should definitly NOT be dismissed as 'absolute rubbish' - a hen needs them to stay healthy whilst expending so much energy creating and laying eggs.

    Layers pellets are a compound feed of vitamins and minerals and contain the correct balanced nutrition to feed a laying bird (think how much 'goodness' is in an egg and that gives you an idea how much the hen needs each day) - if you only feed your hens corn and they are in full lay, you risk problems with egg laying such as soft shells, reduced laying etc.

    Your hens will also appreciate two types of grit - oyster shell which gives them additional calcium, and flint grit (hens don't have teeth and they use this grit in their crop to 'chew' their food). If they free range they'll probably get enough grit from their foraging, but offering oyster shell is a good idea.

    We feed them organic Layers Pellets mixed with corn, but watch out they can get a bit fat on corn alone!

    As to feeding meat, I would say that's a big no no. DEFRA regulations state that it's actually ILLEGAL to feed chickens ANY meat. And before anyone gets on their high-horse about 'DEFRA busybodies spoiling it for everyone', think back about what's happened in the past with people dying horribly from Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vJCD / mad cow disease) - a disease we created by feeding animals the flesh of other animals...

    I certainly wouldn't want to risk the health of my chickens by doing it.
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeMay 28th, 2009 1:54pm (May 28th 2009)
     
    YES, Thats what i was getting at when i said that i wasnt going to eat my chickens, thats why i gave them meat. cows eating meat caused that Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

    (i just didnt know what the name was or how to spell it, good boy neil).

    I heard as long as you dont eat them its ok to feed them meat..
    Mine also steal it out the cat/dog dish.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMay 28th, 2009 1:54pm (May 28th 2009)
     
    Some really helpful advice there folks, it makes me want to rush out and buy some 'rescue' chookies right now. Their food sounds quite tasty and nutritious Neil. Think I need a snack!

    I can still remember my mum feeding our hens layers pellets and mash I used to help mix the hot water into the mash with my hands and can still recall the smell and feel to this day. It was lovely and yukky all at the same time.

    We used to feed then lots of greens and mum always said never give them something 'off' or that you wouldn't eat yourself. She was known in the neighbourhood for selling 'eggsellent' nice big fresh laid googies.

    I know many people give hens leftovers and that's probably ok as long as like us they have a balanced diet, (pizza, gin and tonic and chocolate icecream eaten while on the treadmill he he he !!!) :_out:
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeMay 28th, 2009 2:02pm (May 28th 2009)
     
    Its dinner time are you drinking TREV'S MUM?
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      CommentAuthorJonny
    • CommentTimeMay 28th, 2009 2:03pm (May 28th 2009)
     
    Not in Australia!
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeMay 28th, 2009 2:06pm (May 28th 2009)
     
    Who's in AUSTRALIA. I so want to be there. Im in uk, northampton..
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      CommentAuthorJonny
    • CommentTimeMay 28th, 2009 2:09pm (May 28th 2009)
     
    Trev's Mum is in Australia as is Trev of course. I'm in Ottawa,Canada..Diane and LynnW are from washington State, USA.. We are multi-national here!! Checkout "Googlemapdirectory" at the top of the page!
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeMay 28th, 2009 2:17pm (May 28th 2009)
     
    Wow. wicked, how do i put me on there..
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      CommentAuthorJonny
    • CommentTimeMay 28th, 2009 2:20pm (May 28th 2009)
     
    Click on th "Add a location at the top left-ish when you are on the GoogleMapDirectory page!
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeMay 28th, 2009 2:34pm (May 28th 2009)
     
    O MY GOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    WERE EVERY WHERE.

    O my ... IM IN SHOCK!!!!!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMay 28th, 2009 2:37pm (May 28th 2009)
     
    Isn't it cool Sara to know that we are scattered far and wide. Not everyone on the map is an active member on this forum but there are still quite a large number of us.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMay 28th, 2009 3:30pm (May 28th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: saraYES, Thats what i was getting at when i said that i wasnt going to eat my chickens, thats why i gave them meat. cows eating meat caused that Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

    (i just didnt know what the name was or how to spell it, good boy neil).

    I heard as long as you dont eat them its ok to feed them meat..
    Mine also steal it out the cat/dog dish.


    ... but I presume you eat the eggs?
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeMay 28th, 2009 9:57pm (May 28th 2009)
     
    Not at the moment as im due to have baby soon, cant eat eggs,

    or drink coffee. But yes we do eat our eggs..
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 29th, 2009 6:10pm (May 29th 2009)
     
    I thought it was only soft eggs you can't eat? Good grief, it's a wonder they let you eat ANYTHING...
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 29th, 2009 7:31pm (May 29th 2009)
     
    when I was expecting mine you could eat whatever you wanted and my kids were still born hale and hearty.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 29th, 2009 9:10pm (May 29th 2009)
     
    It's all to do with the salmonella. Which has pretty much been sorted out now.
    You can get eggs from accredited salmonlella free hens.
    I think those hens are injected - ??Neil.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 29th, 2009 9:17pm (May 29th 2009)
     
    yes you are right Ollie. All food seems to have been messed about with nowadays. Thats why I do try to grow a bit of fresh fruit an veg have my own fresh eggs and make as much food as I can myself. At least I have a little bit of control then.
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeMay 29th, 2009 10:28pm (May 29th 2009)
     
    NO no sorry, what i mean is i can't eat eggs they make me sick, Just like the smell and taste of coffee. I love eggs, I love coffee..

    Instead my baby makes me eat SOAP!
    Yes Soap,
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 29th, 2009 10:48pm (May 29th 2009)
     
    I can remember having my mouth washed out with soap for saying something rude when I was a Kid. I didn't even know what it meant I heard someone else say it and as they got a laugh thought I would say it as well .... How wrong that was.
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeMay 29th, 2009 10:56pm (May 29th 2009)
     
    Naughty Nanny North, But i taste so good. Im only eat it when im pregant
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 30th, 2009 4:15pm (May 30th 2009)
     
    Posted By: sara my baby makes me eat SOAP!
    Yes, Soap.

    GAK!:ack2::beurk::_puke:
    Another reason for only having animals...:rolling:
    On the plus side, you can swear as much as you like...'I'll wash your mouth out with soap!'
    'Ooo, yes PLEASE!' :D
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 30th, 2009 6:09pm (May 30th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    :rolling:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 30th, 2009 9:07pm (May 30th 2009)
     
    Ha ha ha very well put
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 31st, 2009 12:14am (May 31st 2009)
     
    Any particular brand of soap Sara?!!

    I ate ice when I was pregnant - ice cubes, slush drinks, tiptops, frozen cup drinks. Couldn't get enough of it.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMay 31st, 2009 3:33am (May 31st 2009)
     
    :nodyes:Pickled onions wrapped in luncheon meat/sliced meat.
    nom nom nom. Then when eldest son Shane was about one and a half, he pinched a pickled onion off the fish and chip paper and ate it!! We were amazed.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 31st, 2009 2:07pm (May 31st 2009)
     
    I went to tune a piano and in the kitchen there was a brat of about 2 tucking into a plate of gherkins...her ma said that gherkins were what she (mum) lived on while she was stagnant with her...
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeMay 31st, 2009 4:06pm (May 31st 2009)
     
    Not really botherd. I like to take a bath and eat the bubbles.
    or wash up and eat the bubbles. and kind of soap or anything that make bubbles. I do stop when i give birth..
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 31st, 2009 6:08pm (May 31st 2009) edited
     
    ...and Dennis will float out in a huuuuuuuuge soap bubble! This will be the first hencam baby from a hencammer, Sara, as far as I know...ask Kate to knit A Blanket; she had Such Fun doing the last one, it's even on her profile if you press on her name on the forum!
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeMay 31st, 2009 7:44pm (May 31st 2009)
     
    Kate? kateb?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 31st, 2009 8:14pm (May 31st 2009)
     
    That's the one...knitting expert supremo.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 31st, 2009 9:33pm (May 31st 2009)
     
    you must be very clean inside Sara with all that soap. I loved the white fire lighters with all of mine. I couldn't eat them but used to love the snap they made when broken and the smell was just lovely, I loved the anthracite coal as well it is just so shiny I did used to nibble that. We love having a bon fire so maybe that comes from the fire lighters and coal Ha ha
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 31st, 2009 11:45pm (May 31st 2009)
     
    Yes Sara, me! My son's partner (Rachael) gave birth to my granddaughter in January 08. Rachael asked me to knit her a blanket like she'd seen in Mamas & Papas but in different colours and of course it'd be cheaper and made with love. Aaahh, sweet and all that. Tosh!!! It nearly killed me!! It took forever, was boring as hell to knit, and my fingers were so sore. BUT, they use it all the time and Caitlyn loves it so I suppose it was worth it in the end. Click my name above this post and you can see a picture of it.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 1st, 2009 4:43pm (Jun 1st 2009)
     
    And now she's knitted one, it'll be a doddle to knit another, Sara. In fact why not TWO - one to wear, one to wash? :rolling: :devil:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeJun 1st, 2009 6:07pm (Jun 1st 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: chief chickenAnd now she's knitted one, it'll be a doddle to knit another, Sara. In fact why not TWO - one to wear, one to wash?:rolling::devil:


    I am frantically trying to install a swear-filter before Kate sees your post CC!
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeJun 1st, 2009 6:28pm (Jun 1st 2009)
     
    Id pay for a black blanket. Ive been everywhere for one. Ive looked on website, ebay. You name it ive looked.
    My pram is black n grey, i wanted a matching blank. Black or grey, Cant get 1 anywhere.. hint hint
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 1st, 2009 7:44pm (Jun 1st 2009)
     
    But your baby is due in 2 weeks isn't it?! It takes me about 6 months to knit a blanket! You would think that the great and good out there would have twigged that parents don't always want pink, blue or yellow (I was sick of pink, blue, yellow, green and white wool). Ikea do a black fleece for a very small number of ££ if that's any good!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeJun 1st, 2009 9:24pm (Jun 1st 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Punk clothes for babies! Some of the stuff on there is amazing! :D

    And they ship to the UK, and they sell black blankets....


    how cool is that!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd, 2009 2:23am (Jun 2nd 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Me and my friend chose her younger nephew a 'yellow submarine' t-shirt from that site a while back :)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd, 2009 3:54pm (Jun 2nd 2009)
     
    You can get Bling bibs as well...
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2009 2:23pm (Jun 4th 2009)
     
    Ikea do a black fleece for a very small number of ££ if that's any good! Thanks kateb.
    Ill have a look.

    Neil thats so cool, do they do dennis m stuff. ill take a look later. Yes im due 19th or 25th June..
    LAST DAY OF WORK TOMORRRRRROWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW...............
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2009 3:50pm (Jun 4th 2009)
     
    Blimey, you're taking that right up to the wire aren't you? Do they keep boiling kettles and telling you to sit down?
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2009 4:36pm (Jun 4th 2009)
     
    I work as a carer, For a lady who has MS, and cancer. I do personal care, also my job means i have to talk and be a friend, as she can get out much, One thing im good at is talking..
    But yes her husband keeps asking if im ok..
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2009 4:38pm (Jun 4th 2009)
     
    Ha - you've got him twitched! What will they do once you've left, does the council send another carer in? Or are you a private one?
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2009 4:41pm (Jun 4th 2009)
     
    Im private. £12 hr..

    Ive had a call shadowing me all weeks, she is going to take over.

    Ive been with the same lady over two yr, so tomorrow there my be tears.

    I have 9mths of work.. 10% less wage then i usaly get..
    So im very happy, as i dont have to pay child care for my 3ry old, so im better off..