It's time for Tuesdays' Show & Tail' over at Angela's West Virginia Treasures! If you have a cute story and picture of a pet, or any furry (or non-furry) friend, you are welcome to join in! Check her blog for the rules, post away - and thanks, Angela, for being our host!
I sure love my pet hens, that is for sure! Mr. Wonderful wasn't too keen on Chicken Keeping when I got my new "peepers" last spring. He quickly changed his tune, and now enjoys watching them as much as I do, and asks about their daily antics whenever I neglect to mention them to him.Most folks buy chicken feed in bags from their local mill or farm stores, but some claim they feed the hens whatever table scraps are left over from supper in the evening. My girls love tomatoes - canned or fresh, they aren't particular. Grapes are another favorite - they spear the grapes with their beaks and run around to a secluded spot to consume their prize, then return for more!
Some things to avoid feeding your chickens are raw potato skins (they must be cooked and rinsed well before feeding), Lilly of the Valley, acorns, and long tough grasses (which can plug up the chicken's crop!). Foods with too much salt, that contain cocoa powder or chocolate, or undercooked beans and peas are bad for chickens too. And it goes without saying that spoiled foods should not be offered - if they would make a human sick, they will be dangerous to feed to an animal!
Fun winter entertainment for chickens: Suspend a suet cage feeder (found in the wild bird department of feed stores) from the chicken house and fill it with treats they enjoy - tomatoes, greens, grapes, and bean sprouts! Stand back and watch the fun!
Take good care of your chickens, and they will reward you with yummy delicious eggs!