A quick tip for chicken lovers... We give our girls carrot peels, beet tops and other vegetable trimmings that would otherwise go to waste. Good for them and good for us. The full posting, titled "eBay for Chickens," is on my blog site http://www.plantertomato.com
Why does everyone else's chickens love table scraps but mine turn their beak at anything that isn't gourmet? I'm not kidding- I tried the old strawberry tops and carrot peels- completely ignored. If I chop up a hard boiled egg they pick around the shell. If it ain't cheese, meat, noodle or worm- they ain't going to touch it.
My girls are spoiled rotten. I make them warm oatmeal on cold mornings. They tend to stand in it, maybe warming their feet. I get them a head of cabbage or a couple of ears of corn when I go to the grocery store. They do get left overs some times. They are quite partial to yorkshire pudding, they love strawberry tops and have been know to pick a ham bone clean.
we have put cooked chicken, turkey, rabbit, and squirrel carcasses out for our chickens after we were done with them. They picked them clean. It is amazing. We also put our steak bones out for the chickens. They love it. Of course we put about everthing else that's edible that we'd put in the garbage out for the chickens. Their primary diet, of course, if layer feed, but they do like all these other treats. About the only things I've found my hens won't eat are raisins, beats, and potato peels.