Last year when mine were confined from the garden and all the grass had gone -I filled 10 or so seed trays with compost and grass seed, grew a tray of grass and gave them that as a treat ever few days-they loved it-not sure about feeding them grass seed- it is very fine???
For those chicken keepers out there the latest BHWT newsletter- also contains some recipes and lots of other items of interest
My daughter keeps 4 hens and they provide her with 4 eggs each day until winter or when they lose their feathers about 2 a day from each of them.She keeps them in a big enclosure with double wiring and protective roofing to drain excess water off.She lets them out to roam free around the garden each day (she does not clip their wings but best to as they do fly over the fence).She cleans them out regularly and feeds them with pellets ,corn(treat) and a mash with grit.Her biggest problem is rats and you must ensure any food is put into a steel bin at night and any left overs(rare) removed.Foxes do come in the garden but because of her locking them in a secure compound at dusk they leave alone.(my parents kept chickens in the countryside and did not secure them at dusk and ,yes ,on more).They often suffer with mites and sometimes their crop will get blocked but this easily remedy.Chickens are fun but must be cared for .
For fellow chicken-keepers, in case you haven't heard it:
The Chicken Forecast http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00zs5v7
Oh, it didn't come out as a clickable (chickable?) link :- ( I'm sure copy & paste will work for those who want to listen.
Thanks Geoff, how did you do that? Please?
Opened your link by highlighting it and opening new window-then did the copy, paste and enter option
Thank you kindly please sir thankyou sir.
The latest BHWT Chicken and Egg magazine-lots of Easter type recipes as well
Thanks, Geoff. Although I have signed up for their newsletter I never get it - and I do check Spam every day.