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July 2017

chickens roosting in a taj mahal backyard chicken coop

Perch Importance: Chickens Need A Good Roost To Sleep
How to Stop Chickens From Pecking Each Other in 3 Easy Steps – Countryside Network
Sick Chick: 7 Common Illnesses You May Encounter | Backyard Poultry

Polish Chickens
Tick Control: How a Flock of Chickens May Be Your Best Bet
Quick Ideas for the Best DIY Chicken Treats
Quiet Chickens – What Breeds to Choose in the Suburbs – Timber Creek Farm
Feather Loss – Health and Common Diseases – The Chicken Vet – Home of the healthy chickens

 

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Suitable Treat in Place of Chicken Scratch in Summer

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amy elizabeth | TBN Ranch

Looking for a treat that’s little out of the ordinary for your flock? We all know scratch is probably a chicken’s all time favorite, but that should be your last treat choice in the summer months. Scratch produces heat, that’s why we feed it in the winter (especially at night) to help keep them warm. Layer feed already has corn in it, so lets not add fuel to the fire by giving them even more.

Instead….

Try offering them rolled oats, they love it and it’s safe to feed as a treat! It’s super cheap and often sold by the pound in loose bulk feed bins. Hemp is another healthy supplement, but it’s high in protein and fattening, so just give a little. I add Hemp to the rolled oats, mix it all together and toss it to the flock mid day. Hemp is spendy too, another reason to just give them just enough to add that little diamond in the rough among the oats. 

Mixture I Use:  Find a suitable container and fill it with 3 lbs Rolled Oats and 1/2 cup Hemp Seed.

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Tip: Here in Arizona our temps reach 115+ quite often. I find it best to only feed them early morning and again at dusk. Feed actually puts them even more at risk when they are already a candidate for heat stress.  A few handfuls of rolled oats keeps them happy during the day when corn is an absolute no-no.

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