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What can I feed 13 week old Bantams?
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RevealTheHiddenBeach · 24/09/2013 15:45

(other than growers pellets, obviously...)

I am the proud new owner of 3 bantam hens, who I picked up on Saturday. My parents had hens after I'd left home, so I've looked after them sporadically, but these are the first that are my own Smile

I'm not sure what else to feed them though, to make life a bit more interesting? I know once they're laying they like loads of random stuff as treats, but not sure what to give these? I tried them on some cut up cherry tomato yesterday, which DM's hens fight over, but mine just ignored it with distain... and sunflower seeds don't get that good a reaction either!

Are there any suggestions of what might go down well, or should I just stick to pellets and grass (while they haven't eaten it all) until they're a bit older?

TIA

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mummymeister · 24/09/2013 15:53

try different things. you wont know what they do and don't like until you try them on it. ours love elderberries, crocus's cooked pasta and loads of other things. give it go.

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RevealTheHiddenBeach · 24/09/2013 16:15

Thank you, maybe I just need to be brave enough to experiment! Slightly paranoid about ruining their lives...

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viewwitharoom · 24/09/2013 19:37

Mine love sweetcorn. Either on the cob or from a tin. I also gave them some left over melon recently which they sat around like ladies with cocktails, very funny!

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RevealTheHiddenBeach · 30/09/2013 13:34

Thank you all! I tried cooked pasta and sweetcorn, both went down an absolute storm - and even our super-shy millie was eating from my hand for the sweetcorn, was dead chuffed :)

(on a similar note... If a bantam happened to have eaten an BB gun pellet, because it was yellow and bloody LOOKED like corn, will it be ok?!)

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Cybercat · 12/10/2013 11:43

Grapes, mine will kill for grapes! Spaghetti or noodles is good for a laugh too as mine run around the garden thinking they have a worm!

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