Table scraps

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by yellowletters, Apr 1, 2015.

  1. yellowletters

    yellowletters Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi there!

    We have some great feed for our girls (we are getting them Friday) but I know there are many table scrap foods they can eat straight from the kitchen. My question is - is there a good source for figuring out what "human foods" are good for them and what foods might need to be avoided? I am interested in learning and then keeping a "cheat sheet" near the "food for chickens" bucket in the kitchen.

    Thanks!
    Callie
     
  2. chickmammy

    chickmammy Out Of The Brooder

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    I googled a list online. I remember reading no onion-y type foods, no sugars, and not too much fat (or they won't lay eggs).
     
  3. yyz0yyz0

    yyz0yyz0 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    here's a link to a post with a chart of things that are good to give and comments about each one. Toward the bottom there is another chart that gives some of the no no's for chickens but not all of them.

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


    If you are getting chicks, go real slow on the treats and if you giv ethem anything besides things like yogurt you'll need to give them grit as well so they can grind up the treats.
     
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Anything hard like carrots, broccoli spears, etc. need to be diced so they fit down the esophagus.
     
  5. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    I compost so usually the only scraps going to the chickens besides cull from the garden in summer is cook leftovers. They'd eat anything and everything. Meats are not good for the compost but excellent for birds. Out dated chilli, lasagna, pasta dishes, you name it. What had gone a week and not eaten in the fridge went to the birds.
     

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