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Trick or Treat

by | Oct 27, 2020 | Meyer Moment

Let’s take a Meyer Moment to talk Trick or Treats for your flock during this spooky season! As you prepare for a frightful weekend trick or treating, we’ve compiled a few things you may want to stay clear of when it comes to treating your favorite flock members.

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Hey everyone! Welcome back to The Coop with Meyer Hatchery – where we talk all things poultry in hopes of inspiring crazy chicken keepers and educating future flock owners. Each week we like to take a Meyer Moment to cover relevant happenings. 

Let’s take a Meyer Moment to talk Trick or Treats for your flock during this spooky season! As you prepare for a frightful weekend trick or treating, we’ve compiled a few things you may want to stay clear of when it comes to treating your favorite flock members. 

While you and your families may be enjoying caramel apples and extra candy bars, sugar, chocolate, and caffeine should all be avoided when treating your flock. Just like humans, sugar can cause your chickens to become overweight, reducing their egg production. 

Chocolate contains theobromine, which is known to cause heart problems from irregular heartbeats to full cardiac arrest within just 24 hours after consumption. And caffeine, especially in concentrated amounts, can increase heartbeat, damaged kidneys, and even cause seizures. So keep that cup of joe in your mug during morning chores, and those chocolate treats tucked away as a midnight snack for yourself. 

Fall is here and so are the big bowls of chili. Whether you’re entertaining for Halloween parties, football games, or a chili cook-off – if you dare! When consuming this fall staple, know that your flock may enjoy the leftovers. However, you want to avoid large amounts of onions as they can affect your hen’s red blood cells causing hemolytic anemia. And while cooked beans are ok, don’t provide your flock with any uncooked raw or dried beans, as they contain hemagglutinin, known to be poisonous to chickens. 

Pumpkins, squash, and gourds – oh my! Sounds like some tasty treats and fall fun may have arrived on your porch. And believe us, your chickens are just as excited as you are. When carving your jack-o-lanterns, treat your flock to the seeds, pulp, and flesh. These fall items are very nutritious for your chicken. They also give your hens a great boredom buster to peck at as the bounty of free-ranging dwindles with the season. 

But be warned, don’t treat your flock to any spent pumpkins with mold or fungus. We’ve also seen a lot of encouragement to soak pumpkins in a bleach solution to help in preservation. If your chickens or other local wildlife like squirrels or chipmunks get a taste, it could be detrimental. Be sure if you use any markers, paint or other additives to your foody fall festivities, be sure to keep them out of your flocks reach. 

We hope this information better helps you in identifying the tricks vs treats for your flock during this spooky season. 

Enjoy the rest of your week and as always, thank you for listening to The Coop!

Hosts & Guests

Kendra + Jeff
From Meyer Hatchery

Resources

Homemade Fall Festive Treats – blog

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