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A list of food scraps chicks shouldn't eat?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Lionbee, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. Lionbee

    Lionbee In the Brooder

    Apr 10, 2011
    I have 13 week old chickens. Is there a list of table scraps they shouldn't eat?

  2. ThePoultryMan

    ThePoultryMan In the Brooder

    May 15, 2011
    There are some! To be honest though just be careful dont feed them meat or egg! But most fruit & veg is fine just check with the other members!
  3. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    On the Farm!
    The only think I don't feed mine is raw potato peels!! Mine eat tons of meat including chicken and they also eat eggs!! [​IMG]

    I always say if it's good enough for me to eat then it's good enough for the chickens!!
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2011
  4. TouchO'Lass

    TouchO'Lass Songster

    Apr 1, 2011
    Oroville, Wa
    Howdy Lionbee, and welcome to BYC!

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  5. ILuvMyPetChickens

    ILuvMyPetChickens Songster

    Jan 3, 2011
    Leavittsburg, Ohio
    Avacodos are bad.
  6. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    There is only a few things, I can think of off the top of my head.

    Anything moldy, spoiled or rotten.

    Avocado- although some people do.

    Green potato peels.

    Garlic & onions are said to affect the taste of the eggs, in large amounts

  7. fargosmom

    fargosmom Songster

    Dec 27, 2008
    Pasadena, CA
    Eggs are fine - it's what they eat while they're developing and hatching anyway [​IMG] .
    If they're 13 weeks and have had any sort of time on the ground, or if you've given them any grit, they can eat pretty much anything a grown chicken can eat. Plus the more variety you offer them the more likely they are to accept new foods later. Meat is ok (extra protein) - fish, chicken . . . just don't go nuts. They should still get a majority of their food from the grower feed since it has more balanced nutrients - but offer them fruits, greens, bread, yogurt . . . whatever leftovers you have. Stay away from avocado (although it's not 100% determined to be toxic there is some speculation). Just bring it on and see what they like - you'll be amazed at the little chow-hounds.

  8. Lionbee

    Lionbee In the Brooder

    Apr 10, 2011
    Thank you all so much!!

    I have a little compost bucket by my sink. Now I will add a little bowl for chicken scraps. I wanted to mainly make sure they were old enough for treats and which items to avoid completely.
  9. so lucky

    so lucky Songster

    Jan 31, 2011
    SE Missouri
    Did you mean your chicks are 13 weeks old, or that you have 13 one week old chicks?
  10. Arielle

    Arielle Crowing

    Feb 19, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    Did you mean your chicks are 13 weeks old, or that you have 13 one week old chicks?

    Good point!

    IMO very young birds should eat their crumbles, every mouthful is important when they are growing very fast; by a month old I give a rare treat and provide grit if necessary; then by 4 months, I'm more comfortable with clean scraps from the kitchen and free ranging to eat grass, etc. They are still growing very slowly, but I feel eating their fresh vegies is as important as the commercial pellets fortified with vit/minerals.

    Though I do wonder why I am so careful about giving unspoiled food when so many head for the compost pile to check out the spoiled scraps thrown in compost![​IMG]

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