good for treats or not?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by SomeHotChicks, May 5, 2017.

  1. SomeHotChicks

    SomeHotChicks Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 30, 2017
    My Coop
    I find this and added and removed somethings. I was wondering what everyone thought about this. what good or bad. for chick 1 to 8 week and even older chickens.



    General Opinions

    Raw and applesauce

    Apple seeds contain cyanide, but not in sufficient quantities to kill.

    Raw or cooked

    Okay to feed, but not a favorite.

    Without the peel

    High in potassium, a good treat.

    Greens also.

    Berries, Blueberries, Raspberries

    All kinds

    A treat, especially strawberries. ( strawberry tops are great)
    Broccoli & Cauliflower


    Tuck into a suet cage and they will pick at it all day.
    Cabbage & Brussels Sprouts

    Whole head -

    Hang a whole cabbage from their coop ceiling in winter so they have something to play with and greens to eat.

    Raw and cooked

    They like carrot foliage too.

    Including cottage cheese

    Feed in moderation, fatty but a good source of protein and calcium

    On cob and canned, raw and cooked

    Crickets (alive)

    Can be bought at bait or pet-supply stores.

    Great treat – provides protein and it’s fun to watch the chickens catch them.

    Let mature for yummy seeds and flesh.





    Make sure they haven't been treated with pesticides, such as florist flowers might be.

    Marigolds, nasturtiums, pansies, nasturtiums, pansies, etc.

    Pears, peaches, cherries, apples


    Bulgar, flax, niger, wheatberries,etc.


    Seedless only. For chicks, cutting them in half makes it easier for them to swallow.

    Great fun - the cause of many entertaining "chicken keepaway" games.




    Only feed your chickens that which is still considered edible by humans, don't feed anything spoiled, moldy, oily, salty or unidentifiable.

    Lettuce / Kale

    Any leafy greens, spinach collards, chickweed included.

    A big treat, depending on how much other greenery they have access to.

    Available at pet supply stores or on the internet, although shipping is expensive!

    A huge(!) favorite treat, probably the most foolproof treat on the books.
    Meat scraps of any kind.

    Not too fatty.

    In moderation, a good source of protein

    Cantelope, etc.

    Both seeds and flesh are good chicken treats.

    Raw or cooked

    Cooked is nutritionally better.

    Peas and pea tendrils and flowers (thanks to YayChick for the advice)

    Peppers (bell)




    Seeds are a big treat.

    Popped, no butter, no salt.

    Potatos / Sweet Potatos/Yams

    Cooked only - avoid green parts of peels!

    Starchy, not much nutrition
    Pumpkins / Winter Squash

    Raw or cooked

    Both seeds and flesh are a nutritious treat.



    Scratch is cracked corn with grains (such as wheat, oats and rye) mixed in.

    Scratch is a treat for cold weather, not a complete feed. Toss it on the ground and let them scratch for it for something to do.

    Wheat and oat sprouts are great!

    Good for greens in mid-winter.
    Summer Squash

    Yellow squash and zucchini

    Yellow squash not a huge favorite, but okay to feed.
    Sunflower Seeds/ black old sunflower seeds

    Sunflower seeds with the shell still on is fine to feed, as well as with the shell off.

    A good treat, helps hens lay eggs and grow healthy feathers.

    Raw and cooked.

    Watermelon AND CANTALOUPE

    Served cold, it can keep chickens cool and hydrated during hot summers.

    Seeds and flesh are both okay to feed.


    Plain is better.

    Basil: Used for mucus membrane health and has antibacterial properties

    Catnip: Repels insects and used as a sedative/relaxant

    Cilantro: Helps keep fungus at bay, antioxidant properties, bone health, high in Vitamin A for eye health and Vitamin K for blood clotting

    Dill: Respiratory health, antioxidant properties, sedative/relaxant

    Fennel: Enhances reproductive health (egg laying)

    Garlic: Enhances reproductive health (egg laying) / helps control parasites

    Lavender: Smells wonderful, lowers stress, circulatory health, , insect repellant

    Lemon Balm: Smells nice in the coop, lowers stress, antibacterial, repels rodents

    Marigold: Enhances reproductive health (egg laying)

    Marjoram: Enhances reproductive health (egg laying)

    Mint: Used in nest/coop -(all kinds) - insecticide and rodent repellent

    Nasturtium: Enhances reproductive health (egg laying), antiseptic, antibiotic, insecticide, de-wormer

    Oregano: Contains antibiotic properties which may help prevent avian flu, blackhead, coccidia, e-coli, infectious bronchitis and salmonella

    Parsley: Promotes circulatory system development, enhances reproductive health (egg laying), rich in vitamins

    Peppermint: helps control parasites, insect repellant,

    Pineapple Sage: Promotes nervous system health, smells wonderful

    Rose Petals: Highly aromatic, high in Vitamin C

    Rosemary: Pain relief, respiratory health, insect repellant

    Sage: Antioxidant, helps control parasites,

    Spearmint: Antiseptic, insecticide, stimulates nervous system, circulatory and brain functions

    Tarragon: Antioxidant properties

    Thyme: Promotes respiratory health, antioxidant, has antibacterial properties, helps control parasites
  2. thewolf1039

    thewolf1039 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 5, 2017
    my 12 pullets love live meal worms and dried meal worms
    they love corn and water melon
    and leaves and grass
  3. SomeHotChicks

    SomeHotChicks Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 30, 2017
    My Coop
    "meal worms cause the gizzard lining to erode and that cause the chicken to starve to death in a horrible painful way."
  4. treefarmer42

    treefarmer42 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 4, 2014
    Reading, PA
    I have never feed any of my Chicks 0-7 weeks old anything other then starter feed. Starter feed is the most important feed at the most important time of their lives. It is complete and nothing more is needed nor should you fill their bellies with anything else. Come the 8th week you may wish to add foods as very small treats but lets face it store bought feed has been around for more years then you and I for a good reason. Come week 16 or so I love to supplement their layer feed with treats to help save $ and make them happy. No living thing enjoys eating the same food forever. My adult chickens love black sunflower whole seeds 15% protein. I watch for it when it's on sale for about $20 a 50 lbs bag. I do my best to be self sufficient and $ thrifty but not until my chickens are fully develop and make sure they are getting a good % of protein per day. Many years ago I decided to save $ so I feed my chickens my farm grown corn and clover. They were very happy, fat but needless to say they did not lay very good.
    In closing I looked at your list but did not research it. I do not feed my chickens meat or types of worms. They can get insects if they wish when they are in their outside run. Be careful what fruits or veggies/ greens you feed them because it could cause a distasteful egg.

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