Is it ok to feed this to your chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by americana-lover, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. americana-lover

    americana-lover Chillin' With My Peeps

    717
    15
    123
    Apr 13, 2012
    Michigan
    I reciently purchased some iceburg lettuce, in the head so can cut it up myself. I was going to give this to my 5 girls, but then I heard that it may not be as healthy as I thought. Is it ok to feed chickens any kind of fruit? Like watermelons, cabbage, or strawberries? Thank You!



    [​IMG]
     
  2. janelle18

    janelle18 Chillin' With My Peeps

    316
    7
    103
    Apr 3, 2012
    Ontario, Canada
    My Coop
    Based on what i have read on here you can feed them pretty much anything!! I have given mine strawberries and lettuce and they eat it up! There favorite food seems to be scrambled eggs and tomatoes!:)
     
  3. Blondiechic

    Blondiechic Chillin' With My Peeps

    191
    5
    91
    Feb 1, 2012
    I agree, and if I can't give them that can someone tell me since I am now buying lettuce for the silkies especially! they love the lettuce, strawberries and are funniest with figs and fig skins, they adore them and run away with them to eat like a dog does! The bigger girls prefer mince and cat mince and pretty much turn their noses up at lettuce!
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    31,451
    3,543
    538
    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Chickens are omnivores, they eat a range of veggies/fruits/grains/meats. Basically, anything that won't eat them first, according to my dad.
     
  5. WI FarmChick

    WI FarmChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    380
    18
    103
    Feb 22, 2012
    Wisconsin
    Here's the link to the BYC Chicken treat chart. If you haven't found it already. Have Fun.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/chicken-treat-chart-the-best-treats-for-backyard-chickens
     
  6. StephanieH

    StephanieH Out Of The Brooder

    52
    2
    31
    Mar 16, 2012
    Lettuce is fine for them. Iceburg lettuce just doesn't have a lot of nutrition, which maybe where your "not as healthy" concern came in. It's not unhealthy, it just doesn't have a ton of good stuff either.
     
  7. Blondiechic

    Blondiechic Chillin' With My Peeps

    191
    5
    91
    Feb 1, 2012
    That was excellent help - thank you! I now have an extended list for them all!
     
  8. americana-lover

    americana-lover Chillin' With My Peeps

    717
    15
    123
    Apr 13, 2012
    Michigan
    thank you sooo much! Ive been wasteing a lot og veggies, but not anymore!
    [​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by