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    • CommentAuthorMal Chapman
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th, 2011 5:20pm (Feb 11th 2011)
    Hi Cluckers - I am 2/3 weeks away from getting six young ladies and I am especially concious about their diet. I read somewhere that the ladies should not be given raw potatoes only cooked. Are there any other vegetables that are not good for the gals?
    Also is it true that if you feed them turnips you get bigger eggs?
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th, 2011 6:30pm (Feb 11th 2011) edited
    Gee Mal, what happens if you give 'em pumpkins?

    Now I'm winding you up. Sorry.

    I don't know about this stuff but we have some great folks on here that can sort you out.

    Red "Keeper of the Hens" will doubtless be along very soon to give you masses of information.

    :welcome: to Hencam.
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th, 2011 9:02pm (Feb 12th 2011) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Hey Mal!

    Yes, raw potatoes aren't great for chickens.

    In general, things which aren't good for humans (such as high fat / sugar things, dairy products etc) should be avoided and fed just as a treat. It usually lasts for a few days too and, as it's hung up, it doesn't get dirty!

    Vegetables can be given daily; a head of broccoli, cauliflower or cabbage strung up and hanging at chicken-height provides great entertainment (for you and the chickens!), keeps them active and they can enjoy a tasty treat too.

    As far as I'm aware, most vegetables can be fed to chickens. Ours enjoy...

    Broccoli (cooked better than raw)
    Cabbages (all sorts)
    They've tried cucumber and ate the middle but left the tough bits

    Things like cooked rice, pasta and spaghetti can be good for them, too...they LOVE long strands of spaghetti, and it's great fun to wiggle them in front of them!! Yoghurt is another food that is really beneficial to chickens and which they love - plain yoghurt is better than flavoured.

    Our chickens hate...
    Oranges (they have a thing about orange food and won't touch any!)
    Trifle sponges
    Certain types of cakes (not including cream cake which they love as a Christmas treat!)

    Their favourite treats are raisins and grapes by far, although they do enjoy their lettuce too.

    Obviously the main part of their diet should be layers pellets, these provide them with all the nutrients they need to lay. You can add corn to their diet if you want, as a trest - just a few handfuls a day as it's high in fat. Mealworms will also be a well-received treat, but just a few as they have a high fat content too.

    Hope this helps. You must be getting excited now!