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Treats for Chickens

  1. familyfarm1
    There a number of great treats for chickens, here we are naming some popular ones!

    1. Meal worms
    Meal worms are a healthy treat and they love them! They are easy to raise and the cost very low! If you raise them yourself you can get more info at the bottom of the page!

    2. Fruit
    Almost any fruit is good for chickens. Mine seem to like strawberries, watermelon, blueberries, pear, tomatoes, apples, and grapes! You can give them strawberry tops in the spring and summer. Watermelon rinds in the summer, blueberries, apples, and pears all year round! But the fruit chickens can't have is anything citrus, as in Oranges, Grapefruit, pineapple ect.
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    3. Oatmeal
    Mmm warm oatmeal on a cold day! I give them this in the winter when there cold and hungry, they absolutely love it. It could be fed cooked or raw but cooked is nutritionally better.
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    4. Yogurt
    This is a fun treat to give your flock. It is so funny to see them eat it! Plain is best for them, but flavored is fine to. The yogurt is great to help with the chickens intestine.

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    5. Pumpkin/Squash
    Both seeds and flesh are a nutritious treat. Instead of throwing out your pumpkins after Halloween and Thanksgiving give it to your chickens! It saves you from bring the smelly thing to the dump and it is a great way of DE-worming the chickens also!

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    6. Pasta
    Is a favorite treat, fun to watch them eat it, but not much nutrition. It should be cooked not raw!
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    7. Sunflower seeds
    A healthy choice of treat for your flock. It is fine to feed them with and without the shell on. The seeds help growing healthy feathers, helps with laying, and makes happy chickens!
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    8. Left overs
    Only feed your chickens that which is still considered edible by humans, don't feed anything spoiled, moldy, oily, salty or unidentifiable.


    9. Eggs
    Feed cooked eggs only! Because you don't want to have your chickens eating there own eggs. It can be scrambled and hard boiled. This is a great way for protein!
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    10. Cucumbers and other veggies
    My chickens LOVE cucumbers, peas, and tomatoes! They don't eat salad and other green veggies without seeds because I free-range them and they are used to the green. But if you don't feed them green very much this is a great treat!

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    11. Cereal
    Cheerios ect. Avoid highly sugared cereal such as Coco puffs, Chocolate Cheerios, etc.
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    12. Bread
    Any bread is good for your chickens. It isn't very nutritional but chickens Love it. If you have stale bread or rolls a great way to use them, is by feeding them to your chickens.
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    13. Bananas
    A great treat to feed them, give it to them without the peel. Good way for your flock to get potassium.
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    As I said before there are a lot more treats not mentioned! Hope you have enjoyed reading this and have found it helpful!
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    Eating yogurt!
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    Flock eating scraps.
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    Eggs anyone?

    More Info:
    http://www.westknollfarm.com/Meal-Worms.html
    http://www.fresh-eggs-daily.com/2013/02/toxic-treats-what-not-to-feed-your.html
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/chicken-treat-chart-the-best-treats-for-backyard-chickens
    Thanks for reading!
    ~familyfarm1

    Special thanks to:
    mymilliefleur
    Mountain Peeps

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  1. familyfarm1
    ChickyChickens the picture of the chickens eating scraps is mymiliefleurs flock! I only have 19! Happy if I have helped anyone!
  2. murat
    nice article thanks
  3. murat
    nice article thanks
  4. mymilliefleur
    Great article!! I think my chickens get pretty much all of those except for cereal and pasta. (which they get once in a while).
    Thanks for using my picture!
  5. ChickyChickens
    awesome!! HOW MANY CHICKENS DO YOU HAVE??
  6. familyfarm1
    Thanks! *HUGS* :-D
  7. Mountain Peeps
    Nice article!!!! Love the pics!:)

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