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    Quote Originally Posted by d000hg View Post
    Do you let them roam freely? I like watching them come out of the coop but within the first minute they all do massive poos which makes me prefer to leave them to it until later on
    Their coop is inside a walk-in run, with roof to keep it reasonably dry.
    When I'm in the garden they're out with me, when I'm not they're in their run or their other run, which is not roofed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by d000hg View Post
    Do you let them roam freely? I like watching them come out of the coop but within the first minute they all do massive poos which makes me prefer to leave them to it until later on
    I do like to bring them scraps later in the day - today they are getting kebab and chicken casserole (we ate all the chicken!)

    Could except it crosses our gate and might trip someone... and as I said when it's cold the thing will just freeze I suppose I could bury one. Our main garden is away and down a big slope from the house so actually running mains water down there might be a plan in the future for gardening, etc.
    I put mine through plastic white pipe to give it some protection and buried it so that I wouldn't have to reel it in every time we got the mower out.
    My stepdad then fitted it to a tap near the chickens coops....but it does freeze. Though it saves a ton of work most of the year.
    The water pressure isn't great but it is better than carrying it every day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by d000hg View Post
    I do like to bring them scraps later in the day - today they are getting kebab and chicken casserole (we ate all the chicken!)

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    DEFRA police here Cease. Step away with that pie!!

    Just posting this more as an information thing.

    It has been illegal since 2014 to feed animal protein products to farm animals. In the legislation, poultry are farm animals.

    I could go on, but essentially you are not allowed to feed anything that contains meat products, has been in your kitchen or to feed meal worms to your poultry. All sound bit OTT, but animal products were thought to be the source of the last incidents of Mad Cow Disease (BSE), Foot and Mouth and Swine Fever.

    The legislation also prohibits feeding of vegetable waste from in your kitchen.
    To work within the legislation, you can "prepare/clean ready for use" in a utility room, in the garden or anywhere else. Just not in a kitchen.

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    Good grief, one of the nice things about chickens is to reduce food waste and use up scraps.

    The world's gone mad!
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    I can see it from both sides... my chickens like scraps too. Now I take my peelings and instead of dumping them in to the chicken coop, I boil them up, then chuck in some oats and make a porridge for them. If boiling doesn't kill germs off, then it won't make a difference if I feed them to my chickens or not lol

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    I give mine the occasional scraps from the kitchen. I think it's quite different to using catering waste where everything (raw meat/cooked meat/ veg/left over food etc) gets chucked in together. Though as a rule I've never fed them much other that the usual chicken pellets. Any extras are once in a blue moon. They easily get fat and stop laying if you keep giving "empty" treats.

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