Teaching Chicks to Eat

A good method of getting baby chicks to learn to eat, is to spread a couple handfuls of chick mash on a small piece of cardboard box, so that it can attract the attention of the youngsters as they run across it. By seeing the mash down there, it can make them try and peck some of it.

Also, dipping the beak of an occasional chick into your water fountain helps to teach them to drink.

Just some quick ideas for you!

Chicken Diet trick that didn’t work.

In a recent study, a university tried to find out if eating raw potatoes could help make their food supply last longer for less cost.

According to their tests feeding raw potatoes did not have any saving effect on the amount of mash consumed by hens. Evidently, the raw potatoes simply passed through the digestive tract, virtually unused.

However, slightly more satisfactory results were obtained from cooked potatoes. They were mixed with the mash, and fed as a wet mash once a day. Cooked potatoes provided no advantage over potato flakes, as a constituent of the poultry diet; however, potato flakes appear to be more tasty, and to keep better.

So, flakes appear to be the most economical way of utilizing extra potatoes — although you won’t get as good of results this way as you would with regular chicken feed.

About 2 ounces of cooked potatoes per day reduced their production by 5%, when compared with the
test lot, receiving about one third the amount of cooked potatoes. So, although it might seem like a good idea to use cooked potatoes (or potato flakes) to stretch your chicken feed — just be aware it could have a slight impact on your hens output.


Poisonous Pet Foods – general tips


I love that saying. I used to hear it every week when I would visit my Grandma and Grandpa out on their farm.

Anyhow …
I caught this video the other night. Although it is for household pets – in general – I thought you might appreciate the tips and ideas in it.

And there might even be one tip for those of us who raise chickens.

The tip in the video says to avoid avocados – for birds. Apparently it causes an accumulation of fluid around the lungs and heart of birds and small pets.

But, if you want to watch the whole video you can check it out here, on ABC:
Poison Pet Foods video

I thought it was very good, and very informative.

Totally worth a couple minutes of my time.

All the best,