Because of this, I must only bring treats to the chicken pen before I let the chickens out for the day. If not, I risk getting torn to bits in the ensuing chaos.
The adults need calcium, so they get yogurt for their treat.
|Calcium-rich yogurt treat|
|Mr. Big with guilt written all over his face (and wattles)|
As usual, the adults ran away in terror from the new food. We got them acclimated with a blend of oatmeal and pepper flakes until we could feed them straight pepper flakes and they would eat every one. We knew they were eating the peppers from the bright red poo.
The chicks needed no persuasion and took to the flakes after only one day of abject terror. Now they look forward to the bright red bits of deliciousness, especially when mixed with leftover cornbread.
|Red pepper flakes and cornbread treat|
|Complete chick diet of dirt, starter, pepper flakes, and yogurt|