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What exactly CAN I feed my chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by RRHomestead, Aug 12, 2013.

  1. RRHomestead

    RRHomestead In the Brooder

    Aug 24, 2012
    I keep hearing you can give your chickens "table scraps" but I know there are certain things they can't have (certain veggies, etc). Just how much of the "scraps" can you really give them? Like can I scrape the plates into a bowl for them, leftover hamburger and all? Or just the leftover veggies? Pasta? Rice? Sauce?

    I would be happy to supplement them with this (would probably save some money), but I'm leery of *just* how much they can have. :) Help please?

  2. Veer67

    Veer67 Songster

    You should avoid giving your chickens salty foods rice should be fine as long as it is cooked.
  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    We give all table scraps to ours. (Of course they have their regular feed available at all times too.)
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2013
  4. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Crowing

    Apr 12, 2013
    Boulder, Colorado
    There is a good inclusive list as a sticky on this site.

    You can feed them just about everything but just like us, they have their likes and dislikes. Just try it. Put it out and let them tell you. I have a compost pail and a chicken pail by the sink. Coffee and anything spicy or moldy or that will impart a taste to the eggs goes in the compost pile than the chickens (or dogs) gets the rest. That might include egg shells, pasta, bread, veggies, crackers, nuts, fuits, melon rinds, peanut butter, cereal.. They will eat meat but I give that to the dogs. I do not give them raw eggs thinking that it might encourage them to help themselves. It does cut back on the amount of feed they eat.
  5. RRHomestead

    RRHomestead In the Brooder

    Aug 24, 2012
    Very good to know, thank you! I heard once, if you'd give it to the pigs, you can give it to the chickens. But it seemed weird giving them things like milk or meat! But no, I wouldn't give them anything really bad or moldy. Thanks very much! I will try some new scraps! My sink trap will be happy. :)
  6. LittleChooks

    LittleChooks In the Brooder

    Jun 30, 2012
    Aberdeenshire, UK
    They can't eat leylandii hedge, as its poisonous for them, but they like nettles if they're dead and have lost they're sting.
  7. tcmstalcup

    tcmstalcup Songster

    Feb 4, 2010
    I feed mine all scraps from home and out to eat. I have noticed there are a few things they just don't like.

  8. Twin Chickens

    Twin Chickens Hatching

    May 2, 2013
    I feed my chickens any and all table scraps. I can say their ultimate favorite is spaghetti and watermelon. The only thing they havent shown much interest in is some of the stuff in chex party mix.
  9. Chick-N-Eggs

    Chick-N-Eggs In the Brooder

    Aug 11, 2013
    S W Florida
    I was also told not to give my girls potato skins and avacodos as they are poisen to them.
  10. spgj1

    spgj1 In the Brooder

    Mar 25, 2013
    Vancouver WA
    I am in to the flock 4 months now, got our first egg today! My chicks like, no LOVE, grapes, blueberries, and watermelon. They are OK with cabbage and carrots, and bread. I have not given them meats yet, but it sure is fun to hand feed them the fruits as a treat, quick buggers. they can snap away and swallow a grape faster than a blink. yeah my girls are spoiled and so much fun to watch.

    oh, they like dug up bulbs from flowers...guess I won't see those flowers next year.

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