Yummies for my feathered family

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Memeschix, Dec 28, 2014.

  1. Memeschix

    Memeschix In the Brooder

    Nov 14, 2014
    Central texas
    Does anyone have any good recipes for treats or healthy meals for chickens? I want to give them the best I can.
  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC!

    Here are some links to some recipes for treats for chickens

    Also chickens love table scraps. Here is a list I made of foods to and not to feed them.
    Foods that Chickens Love!


    Greens Don’t give out iceberg lettuce, which is really just green-tinged, unhealthy water and don’t overdo spinach which can result in poor egg quality if fed to often.

    Eggs and Eggshells-Remember to rinse and crush the shells and cook the eggs before feeding. Scrambled and boiled eggs are also a wonderful snack for chicks and molting chickens.

    Fruits The fruits you give them can be damaged but never moldy.

    Garlic-Garlic is very healthy for chickens and acts a natural wormer, laying stimulant, feather re-grower and boosts the circulatory system. It’s also helpful to put in the water or food when a chicken is sick.

    Herbs Basil, thyme, comfrey, parsley, bay leaves, lavender, calendula, spearmint, lemongrass, catnip, sage, oregano, yarrow, chickweed, marjoram, cilantro, peppermint, clover, dandelions, dill, bee balm, echinacea, fennel, mint, feverfew, garlic, ginger, lemon balm, marigold, nasturtium, nettles, pineapple sage, rosemary, wormwood and cinnamon.


    Meat Scraps Don't feed them spoiled meat, as it’s poisonous.


    Pumpkins and Squash

    Spaghetti, Pasta, Bread and Rice

    Bread, Cake, Cookies, Cereal, etc Scrape off the frosting on cake and cookies.

    Garden or Yard Weeds Avoid feeding them yew, mushrooms or fungi.

    Foods to Never Feed Your Chickens:

    Moldy Foods

    Anything Salty

    Asparagus-This will change the flavor of a hen’s egg to a bad taste but it otherwise is not harmful.

    Avocado-Avocado has a fatty acid in it called “persin” which sadly can be fatal to chickens and sometimes other birds.

    Green Areas of Potatoes, Peels and Potato Sprouts-All are poisonous to chickens and you personally shouldn’t eat them either!

    Herbs and Plants to Stay Away from-Azalea, philodendron, rhododendron, sweet pea, black nightshade, foxglove, oleander, castor bean, vetch, henbane, irises, lantana, St. john's wort, trumpets vine, morning glory, datura, clematis and honeysuckle. If any of the herbs you are wondering about are not listed in this book, look them up before giving to your flock.

    Leaves from Tomato, Pepper, Potato, Eggplant or Nightshade Plants

    Onions-Onions contain a substance called “thiosulphate” which will kill red blood cells, cause anemia and sometimes even result in death.

    Potatoes-Surprisingly, potatoes contain solanine which causes diarrhea, heart failure and kills red blood cells. However, sweet potatoes do not contain this substance and are perfectly fine and dandy to feed to your flock. Sweet potato fries are also fine as long as they aren’t salted.

    Processed Foods and Sweets

    Raw, Dry Beans

    Raw Peanuts and Other Nuts

    Rhubarb leaves-Rhubarb leaves surprisingly contain oxalic acid which is poisonous to chickens.

    Remember, any treats should only take up 10% of the flock's daily diet.

    Hope this helps! You're chickens are going to love you![​IMG]

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