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October 2011 Vol. 1

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October 2011
Vol. 1

Cathy : Why are people so concerned about putting scraps such as lettuce on the dirt?? Chickens need dirt, Grit, for digestion. I just throw everything in the run. I don't use any container. I've had my flock for almost 3 years.

Michelle : This is in response to all of the people with suggestions about how to keep chicken salad off of the ground. It is my experience that chickens like it on the ground. That way they can scratch and peck and maybe even get a little grit. I have tried both ways and the chickens seem to prefer it on the ground.

Also, to Ruth, I use pine shavings and we are getting a wood chipper which will have a similar effect. I have a neighbor who swears that a base layer of dead leaves is the best way. We both use the deep bedding method, which is less work for you, healthier for the chickens and they like having the deep bedding to scratch in when they can't go out because of the snow. My chickens love to eat snow, but would never voluntarily set foot in anything deeper than about a ¼ inch. Michelle, Beldenville, WI

Dorothy : In response to the reader who asked about a good way to feed treats to chickens, we have a good system. We push a rod through a whole head of cabbage and hang it from a pole across two stakes. The 9 girls will eat a large cabbage in a day. Another way with corn, apples, and stalks of celery if to drive a nail (s) into a block of wood and push the item onto the nail. Each system keeps the food from the dirt. The cabbage system provides an activity for the chickens.

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Keeping Chickens Newsletter - Published October 2011 by www.Self-Sufficient-Life.com