1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

What other foods can I feed my chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by dreamer5577, May 20, 2011.

  1. dreamer5577

    dreamer5577 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2011
    What can I feed my chickens (types of fruits, veggies, etc?)? Like, what is safe and what is not?
  2. 2DogsFarm

    2DogsFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2009
    NW Indiana
    See the top of this Forum for a Sticky that has a complete list of all safe to feed foods.
  3. dreamer5577

    dreamer5577 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2011
    oops sorry i didn't see that [​IMG] thanks:D
  4. dreamer5577

    dreamer5577 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2011
    At what age could i start feeding my chickens different foods/treats?
  5. idispatch4911

    idispatch4911 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 20, 2011
    Southern Utah
    I'm a newbie too, but I just gave my few day old chicks a crust of bread. They didn't really touch it. Hope they won't be picky eaters.
  6. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 29, 2011
    The first time I ever fed my chicks a treat they were 4 weeks but I am sure they can be younger then that for their first treat. Just be sure to give them grit too.
  7. Saltysteele

    Saltysteele Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2011
    just have grit available to them, and you won't have to worry. they start picking grit out of the dirt as soon as they hit the ground and start eating. the grit is essentially their teeth. it is what chews the food for them, inside their gizzards. they won't eat anything they're not able to, but it's important to have grit available to them if they cannot find it naturally. mine are about 2 months now, and still will not eat whole corn.

    i guess i don't understand why people feel the need to feed them EVERYTHING (i hear of people wanting to feed them lasagna, even). don't get me wrong, i don't care. you feed your chickens whatever you want, and conduct any experiments you want. they are omnivores and will eat eat anything.

    anyway, yes, they like treats, but it doesn't have to be extravagant. my adult chickens get whole corn for treats once a day, and would try to break down a brick wall to get to it. they start pacing up and down the fence when the see me coming with it. if i don't give it to them, they start talking to me until i do.

    if you want to be good to your chickens, let them free range or have new territory to scratch and eat plants (whether that be letting them out totally, or moving them in a tractor). that, IMO, is more important than finding a rainbow diet of treats. i could give mine corn as a treat until the day they (or I) die, and they will be as happy as the first day i gave it to them as a treat. if i let them out to scratch and explore.... that is when i see them smiling [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 21, 2011

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by