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 chicken food on Pesach (Elisheva? anyone else)
chavs
Posted: Mar 13 2012, 06:37 AM


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Does anyone have any idea what to feed to chickens on Pesach? With Pesach looming we realised we dont know what they can eat on Pesach thats not chometzdik. Anyadvice would be great!
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ImaGeek
Posted: Mar 13 2012, 09:49 AM


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Oddly enough, even though we don't have chickens, I asked this in my halachah class because I was trying to figure out how farmers and ranchers handle Pesach. I'm weird like that. wink.gif

My Rabbi said that it is fine to feed animals kitniyos even if you are Ashkenazic. So, for example, you could feed your chickens corn just fine. In fact, it's likely that most of the things you would normally feed chickens would be kitniyos and not chometz. From what I gathered, horses might be a bit more difficult since they do often like to eat oats, but all animals can graze and forage and could even eat oats or wheat if they take it themselves from the live plant rather than if you feed it to them.

I would think, if you use a prepared feed, you should be able to check the ingredients for any chometz and maybe switch to corn feed for Pesach and perhaps let them forage for bugs and worms?
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chavs
Posted: Mar 14 2012, 05:09 AM


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Thank you. Truth be told I havent checked the ingredients on their feed which I'll try to find out. If not, perhaps I can find corn. I'm not sure if corn is enough for them to eat but they do freerange, as you said, so perhaps worms and whatever else they might eat (I once saw them fighting over half a mouse) with corn would be enough.
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elisheva
Posted: Mar 15 2012, 10:01 AM


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DH says that last year we tried feeding them alfalfa but they didn't like it. He says this year we're feeding them corn. He also says you can cook beans and freeze them to feed to them during Pesach. We also were very liberal with the table scraps.
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chavs
Posted: Mar 16 2012, 07:08 AM


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Thank you. Scraps and corn it is:-) They'll probably like matza. Unfortunately we eat a lot of egg and chicken on Pesach and I am not that comfortable feeding them that. Corn is a good idea and leftover of everything else.
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