Should you be feeding your chickens anything you can find in your kitchen?
Not a fan of onion-infused omelets, without adding any onions (?!), from your backyard bunch? Jen B has some tips on how to make sure what you feed your chickens won’t leave you with any funny-flavored huevos, and on how to keep your cluckers happy and healthy.
What to Feed Your Chickens
Why this Matters
Feeding your feathered friends the right foods and supplements will help keep them happy and healthy while giving you tasty and nutrient-dense eggs. Well-fed chickens can also lead to fewer human food scraps heading to the landfill; you may not love those carrot tops but your chicks are sure to peck them to pieces.
On a Personal Note
Our flock of 8 are cuckoo for our leftovers. In fact, one of my favorite gals (named Stinky after all natural yet very potent margarita mix named “Stinky Gringo”), has learned to roost on a planter right outside of our kitchen window so we can feed her food scraps directly! BTW: follow our Instagram feed for pics of Stinky in action. 🙂
Ready to Try?
- Watch the episode to find out what the best bites are for your laying ladies.
- See earlier episodes in this series to help pick which chicken breeds are right for you, craft the perfect coop, and more.
- Add some protein to your gals’ diet with crickets or grubs from Healthy Crickets while giving them a fun treat at the same time.
A Deeper Dig
Cluck on over to The Prairie Homestead for a quick list of foods you should avoid feeding to your flock.
Our Fresh Pick
Giving your chickens access to fresh water is just as important as making sure they have a balanced diet. Automatic waterers are a fantastic and convenient way to make sure your chicks won’t run out.
Did You Know?
Mother hens start talking to their chicks while they are still inside the egg, the babies will even start to chirp back!