Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by BYC lover900000, Aug 4, 2014.

  1. BYC lover900000

    BYC lover900000 Hatching

    Jul 22, 2014
    When can chickens start eating scrapes? thanks [​IMG]
  2. hxgumdrop

    hxgumdrop Chirping

    Jul 29, 2013
    Bristol, England
    my first lot i started around 3 months then when i had chicks in with them they was getting it from the get go as i couldnt feed the hens separately it hasnt done them any harm
  3. Papas Chickens

    Papas Chickens Songster

    Jul 13, 2014
    Dateland Arizona
    I started feeding my girls veggi scrapes at 3 weeks old i havent had a problem and they love it. [​IMG]
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
  5. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Chickens can start eating scraps at age 1 week. But they may not start eating them until 8 weeks.

    Foods that Chickens Love!


    Greens Don’t give out iceberg lettuce, which is really just green-tinged, unhealthy water and don’t overdo spinach which can result in poor egg quality if fed to often.

    Eggs and Eggshells-Remember to rinse and crush the shells and cook the eggs before feeding. Scrambled and boiled eggs are also a wonderful snack for chicks and molting chickens.

    Fruits The fruits you give them can be damaged but never moldy.

    Garlic-Garlic is very healthy for chickens and acts a natural wormer, laying stimulant, feather re-grower and boosts the circulatory system. It’s also helpful to put in the water or food when a chicken is sick.

    Herbs Basil, thyme, comfrey, parsley, bay leaves, lavender, calendula, spearmint, lemongrass, catnip, sage, oregano, yarrow, chickweed, marjoram, cilantro, peppermint, clover, dandelions, dill, bee balm, echinacea, fennel, mint, feverfew, garlic, ginger, lemon balm, marigold, nasturtium, nettles, pineapple sage, rosemary, wormwood and cinnamon.


    Meat Scraps Don't feed them spoiled meat, as it’s poisonous.


    Pumpkins and Squash

    Spaghetti, Pasta, Bread and Rice

    Bread, Cake, Cookies, Cereal, etc Scrape off the frosting on cake and cookies.

    Garden or Yard Weeds Avoid feeding them yew, mushrooms or fungi.

    Foods to Never Feed Your Chickens:


    Moldy Foods

    Anything Salty

    Asparagus-This will change the flavor of a hen’s egg to a bad taste but it otherwise is not harmful.

    Avocado-Avocado has a fatty acid in it called “persin” which sadly can be fatal to chickens and sometimes other birds.

    Green Areas of Potatoes, Peels and Potato Sprouts-All are poisonous to chickens and you personally shouldn’t eat them either!

    Herbs and Plants to Stay Away from-Azalea, philodendron, rhododendron, sweet pea, black nightshade, foxglove, oleander, castor bean, vetch, henbane, irises, lantana, St. john's wort, trumpets vine, morning glory, datura, clematis and honeysuckle. If any of the herbs you are wondering about are not listed in this book, look them up before giving to your flock.

    Leaves from Tomato, Pepper, Potato, Eggplant or Nightshade Plants

    Onions-Onions contain a substance called “thiosulphate” which will kill red blood cells, cause anemia and sometimes even result in death.

    Potatoes-Surprisingly, potatoes contain solanine which causes diarrhea, heart failure and kills red blood cells. However, sweet potatoes do not contain this substance and are perfectly fine and dandy to feed to your flock. Sweet potato fries are also fine as long as they aren’t salted.

    Processed Foods and Sweets

    Raw, Dry Beans

    Raw Peanuts and Other Nuts

    Rhubarb leaves-Rhubarb leaves surprisingly contain oxalic acid which is poisonous to chickens.


    Remember, treats should only take up 10% of their diet.
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2014
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
  7. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. I usually wait until my chicks are five to six weeks old before feeding them scraps. You need to be careful about the kind and amount of scrapes you give them. Starchy treats should be less than 10% of their diet as they will get fat and unhealthy otherwise. It's the equivalent of us eating potato chips and candy. Please feel free to ask if you have any more questions. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock.
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG] you can also give them plain yogurt, watermelon,,, hard boiled eggs
  9. Papas Chickens

    Papas Chickens Songster

    Jul 13, 2014
    Dateland Arizona
    My diet is 90% potato chips and sniker bars lol [​IMG]

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