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What NOT to feed a chicken

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Nigellas, Jun 23, 2008.

  1. Nigellas

    Nigellas Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2008
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Is there a list somewhere of things that I should not feed my (bantam) chickens? When I picked them up, the woman who sold them to me told me to never feed them avocado. I was too overwhelmed to ask why, but now I'm wondering if there are other foods I need to avoid too.

  2. Maidservant

    Maidservant Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 20, 2008
    Norwich, Norfolk, UK
    Avocado is high in fat, and can put too much fat onto them.
    The only thing I can think of as a definate no-no is any poisonous flowers or houseplants, regular potato vines (sweet potato is ok in winter), tomato plants, and any other plants in the nightshade family.

    Corn isn't good in the summer if you live where it gets hot, and for the same reason, so is sweet potato. They're great in the winter though, since they make the chickens heat up digesting them.

    Hope someone with a little more knowledge comes along soon!
    Emily in NC
  3. inudat12

    inudat12 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 5, 2008
    NorthCentral Ohio
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2008
  4. Silkie's Grandma

    Silkie's Grandma Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 8, 2008
    West-Central Wisconsin
    I don't know about Chickens & Avacado - I do know Avacado is toxic to parrots & will kill them. (I am assuming the same holds true to chickens)
  5. funkychicken

    funkychicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 9, 2008
    East Texas
    Hi there...I posted that same question and got back...avacado,beans(although some said they did feed them to their chooks), potato, whole corn...good luck
  6. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    Don't feed them onions or garlic, as these will flavor your eggs.

    I'm still trying to figure out if feeding them M&Ms will make them lay chocolate eggs...
  7. longshot farm

    longshot farm Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 8, 2008
    Why is whole corn bad to feed them? Are we talking about fresh corn on the cob?
  8. Nigellas

    Nigellas Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2008
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Wow, inudat12 - that is a great list- thanks!
  9. LuckyChicken

    LuckyChicken Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 23, 2008
    Great list! My chickens go berserk over bread. I don't know what they like better, eating it, or just running around with it showing it off to the other chickens and getting chased!

    I have heard that fruit is a big NO NO because it can cause egg production to decrease or stop if they eat a lot of it? Can anyone dispell this myth?

    My chickens also love june bugs. People thought we were nuts this year because we were actually trying to attract and collect them to give out as treats!
  10. hooligan

    hooligan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2007
    Beans are fine as long as they are cooked.
    Fruit is fine.
    Corn is fine raw and dried. But it has been said that corn will warm a chicken up so its best not to use it in the summer too often. But mine get fresh corn in the summer often.

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