What are favorite scraps? And what not to feed...

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by newchickenista, Oct 18, 2015.

  1. newchickenista

    newchickenista Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 25, 2012
    Southeastern, Oklahoma
    I've never fed my girls much in the way of kitchen scraps, but now that I am looking at feeding 40 full grown hens come spring, I am thinking I'd like to integrate scraps into their daily meals. So comment below and let me know what are your girls favorite "treats", and what are the big time "no no's" that should never be fed to a chicken?
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator

    I can't remember exactly where, but there is a thread here on BYC that is a comprehensive list of what and what not to feed. Try searching for it.

  3. BeachMomma

    BeachMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2015
    Mine absolutely go crazy for diced tomatoes and cucumbers. They cluck louder about those than any other scraps lol.

    When we get watermelon we'll cut a few small chunks up to freeze individually as an emergency cool off when it gets crazy hot. Also we don't give them scraps till the afternoon so we know for sure they're eating their flock raiser as their major food source.
  4. newchickenista

    newchickenista Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 25, 2012
    Southeastern, Oklahoma
  5. lindalouly

    lindalouly Grd Ctrl 2 Major Tom

    My girls love any melons and grapes!! They also love meal worms and bread scraps. They won't eat lettuce but like cabbage. They will kick out strawberries but gobble up blueberries. Odd picky birds.
  6. torilovessmiles

    torilovessmiles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2014
    Central West Virginia
    The "things chickens can't eat" list is luckily pretty short. Avoid those foods and you're good
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/chicken-treat-chart-the-best-treats-for-backyard-chickens (fixed link)

    Mine love bananas, any sort of meat, and stale crackers and cereal. They also love apples, lettuce, corn, peas, squash, and pretty much any other garden scraps!
    You could try making non-toxic stinkbug and japanese beetle traps, too. My chickens will go up to our brick wall and pick off the stinkbugs one by one [​IMG]
  7. Caleb999

    Caleb999 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Every fall I have extra soybeans from the farm, I grind those up, cook them, give them a small handful a day, and they go nuts!! Also they love tomatoes!
  8. Ryannjnc

    Ryannjnc Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 15, 2015
    Oak Ridge
    I give my birds all kinds of fruit. I'll cut two apples in half and my flock of 10 will finish them in 15 minutes. They also love my wine grapes. And butternut squash is also another good one. Tomatoes but not to many. Makes them poop a lot. I also hang a pecking ball with oyster shells. Good way to get that calcium for the shells.
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2015
  9. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I used to send all the kitchen scraps to the birds. I figure they're omnivores and can eat pretty much whatever I eat. I have found there are some thing they consistently don't eat, so I compost those in the worm bin usually...

    peels. Banana, citrus, potato, onion. They'll decompose in the run eventually, but I'm trying them in the worm bin for now.

    That's about all the birds don't get. I give them meat, chicken bones, dairy, egg shells, pretty much everything else we eat. Right now I'm pouring some incorrectly rendered pork fat over scratch grains for my cockerels in the grow-out pen. I figure I'll eat it eventually [​IMG]. We'll see if it helps put weight on those guys.

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