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tigerseye
post 15th Nov 2011, 8:36 pm
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Our bantams are growing well now (still no eggs sigh.gif) and they make me laugh with their funny ways. I love how they are suspicious of anything new in the pen, they circle it, peck at it suspiciouly then run off rolleyes.gif

So far their favourite foods are:

Fresh grass
Apples (sliced, if you please)
Cucumbers
Butternut squash (they go mad for this)
Mini peppers
Trailing lobelia flowers (found that out by accident unsure.gif )
Bread (try to limit this though)
The green bits off cauliflower
Went mad for the tops off strawberries (the little green bit -caylick?)

They don't mind green cabbage and sprout leaves, but won't eat whole sprouts and hate couliflower heads. They also ate a cheese and tomato roll I lobbed in once. Courgette is OK but we had a glut and I think they got as sick of them as we did!

They love the corn we give them as a treat but are picky with the pellets.

What do yours love? smile.gif

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post 15th Nov 2011, 8:45 pm
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pasta, and mice, they kill mice then run off and hide them and definately won't share. Fortunately they don't find mice very often.
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post 15th Nov 2011, 8:55 pm
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My Sister's hens love spaghetti.

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post 15th Nov 2011, 9:26 pm
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spagetti and sweetcorn -cans and cans of fresh sweetcorn!
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post 15th Nov 2011, 9:42 pm
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Eww mice ohno.gif
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post 15th Nov 2011, 9:46 pm
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Mine love all sorts, their favourite is mealworms, but really they should be eating pellets as their main food (especially if you want them to lay eggs) so i try to only give them treats late in the afternoon (mean mummy! mad.gif )
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post 16th Nov 2011, 8:10 am
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Mine will eat anything, slugs and worms are popular, it looks like a benny hill sketch,soaked bread, porridge cooked veg, corn of any description, mealworms but they lay best when it's just pellets.
I went a bit mad when i first had them, at the moment i get 3-4 eggs from 6 hens with just pellets and whatever they dig up themselves. My two silkie bantams are rubbish egg layers, they lay for about two weeks then stop for ages, the best layers are the ex batt girls.
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post 16th Nov 2011, 9:41 am
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Ours won't eat slugs and worms sigh.gif Apparently we have the wrong type of slugs (Spanish) which are bitter. We have silkie x wyandotte bantams and they are just coming up to laying age, but due to the season I don't know that they will. Lazy cows lol.gif

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post 16th Nov 2011, 3:40 pm
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Mine havent laid yet either rolleyes.gif. They do eat their pellets but are very tame so prefer us humans to feed them rather than self service rolleyes.gif

Mine love anything that a human has in its hand especially home made apple cake:P

Their absolute fav is mini corn on cobs and also porridge made with my goats milk for supper wub.gif Mealworms also lovely and we stuff them into fir cones to get them to work at it tongue.gif

If I am cooking my gluten free pasta or wild rice I save a bit for their afternoon snack.

I know I am spoiling them but it is all natural stuff and I wub.gif them.
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post 16th Nov 2011, 4:36 pm
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We haven't tried porridge yet but so many hens seem to like it we'll have to lol.gif Can't be neglecting them.
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post 18th Nov 2011, 11:43 am
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I give it to them in the evening with a few crushed up mealworms but it is also an easy way to get them to eat their wormer powder wub.gif

Still no eggs mad.gif Maybe they are waiting until Xmas day as a pressie to me smile.gif .
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post 20th Nov 2011, 11:13 am
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I got an egg off my ex batts the day they arrived, then a break for bout a month as they got their feathers in and now laying 1-2 eggs a day smile.gif

Fav foods def pasta, rice, cake crumbs. I give mine the dross in the cereal packets.
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post 20th Nov 2011, 3:29 pm
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QUOTE(Rianna @ 18th Nov 2011, 11:43 am) *

I give it to them in the evening with a few crushed up mealworms but it is also an easy way to get them to eat their wormer powder wub.gif

Still no eggs mad.gif Maybe they are waiting until Xmas day as a pressie to me smile.gif .


Im only getting 2 a day out of my 4 girls smile.gif


They are moulting now and I believe their energy is going into making new feathers.


Girls are just having Porridge and Stew they are loving it smile.gif
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post 21st Nov 2011, 12:09 pm
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Warm porridge with added mealworms is a favourite here. My OH also makes them a veg stew with peelings & manky bits every few days. They also love spaghetti chopped into short pieces & rice. We have lazy chooks & they only like stuff that is easy eat so my OH juliennes carrots for them rolleyes.gif lol.gif

Our silkies are awful layers, 1 egg every other day between the 3 of them rolleyes.gif but they look pretty wub.gif Hopefully the 2 bantam babies will start laying soon, I want to see what their eggs look like smile.gif
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And, apparently pasta swirls with tomato sauce is also very yummy lol.gif
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