Krissy12052

In the Brooder
8 Years
Aug 1, 2011
88
1
46
NH
I was wondering if there are any treats to give my chickens? I have 3, and they're only going to be for eggs. Right now they just have the Layer Feed.
 

chicmom

Dances with Chickens
10 Years
Feb 24, 2009
8,696
274
316
Strasburg Ohio
Hello! Yes, they love treats! I like to give my hens the watermelon rinds to pick at, any extra fruit that I don't eat, like extra grapes or an apple or even a banana.

We feed our chickens wild bird seed too as a treat--we just throw some on the ground for them to scratch and peck at. They just love that. They also like dried meal worms.

They love cracked corn too, but it's not very nutritional--it's kind of like candy to a chicken. Chickens LOVE a fresh cob of corn--raw. They will just peck that clean.

I try to stick with the healthy stuff, but chickens will eat just about anything--even leftover dinner--meat, potatoes or noodles. I don't feed mine that.

You have to watch, and don't give them salty stuff like chips or crackers and such. They can get saline poisoning from that kind of stuff. Also, citrus fruits aren't good for them--I guess they're hard for a chicken to digest.

Well, take care and enjoy those hens!
Sharon
 

Krissy12052

In the Brooder
8 Years
Aug 1, 2011
88
1
46
NH
Thank you!! I just bought some corn actually! I'm going to go give them a piece!! Ha ha!
 

bbossltd

In the Brooder
8 Years
Nov 26, 2011
31
0
22
Cleveland
I read somewhere on here that corn could over heat the birds if its too warm out. Said it was a good treat in cooler weather.
 

bbossltd

In the Brooder
8 Years
Nov 26, 2011
31
0
22
Cleveland
You think wild bird feed would be ok for chicks at 9 weeks of age?
Hello! Yes, they love treats! I like to give my hens the watermelon rinds to pick at, any extra fruit that I don't eat, like extra grapes or an apple or even a banana.

We feed our chickens wild bird seed too as a treat--we just throw some on the ground for them to scratch and peck at. They just love that. They also like dried meal worms.

They love cracked corn too, but it's not very nutritional--it's kind of like candy to a chicken. Chickens LOVE a fresh cob of corn--raw. They will just peck that clean.

I try to stick with the healthy stuff, but chickens will eat just about anything--even leftover dinner--meat, potatoes or noodles. I don't feed mine that.

You have to watch, and don't give them salty stuff like chips or crackers and such. They can get saline poisoning from that kind of stuff. Also, citrus fruits aren't good for them--I guess they're hard for a chicken to digest.

Well, take care and enjoy those hens!
Sharon
 

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