Type: without the peel
High in potassium. A great treat!
You can also feed the greens.
Type: any and every kind: blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, boysenberry, etc.
Chicken love all types of berries. A cause of many entertaining chicken keep-away games!
Type: all kinds— good use for stale bread rolls
This should only be given on rare occasions as food started need to be kept in moderation.
Broccoli & Cauliflower
Type: raw / cooked
You can tuck this into a suet feeder and they will peck at it all day!
Cabbage & Brussel Sprouts
Type: whole head
Hang a whole cabbage from their coop ceiling in the winter so they have greens and entertainment.
They also enjoy greens.
Type: Cheerios, Corn Flakes, etc.
Avoid highly sugared cereals!
Type: all kinds, including cottage cheese.
Feed in moderation—this is fatty, but a good source of protein and calcium.
Type: on the cob, canned, raw / cooked
Type: these can be bought at pet supply stores
Great treat! Provides protein and it’s fun to watch the chickens catch them
Type: well cooked only — never dry.
Also green beans.
Type: raw / applesauce
Apple seeds contain cyanide -- not in sufficient quantities to harm, but should still be avoided.
Type: raw or cookedOkay to feed, but not a favorite. It may also taint the taste of the eggs.
Type: let the cucumbers mature for yummy seeds and flesh.
Type: cooked only.
The leaves are toxic!
Fish / Seafood
Type: cooked only.
Flowers / Weeds
Type: make sure they have not been treated with pesticides (such as florist flowers might be).
Marigolds, pansies, violets, dandelion flowers and leaves, herbs, etc.
Type: pears, peaches, cherries! Anything that’s not citrus.
Type: bulgar, fox, niger, wheatberries, etc.
Type: seedless only!
For chicks, cut them in half— it makes it easier for them to swallow
Type: only feed your chickens that which is still considered edible by humans— no food that's spoiled, moldy, oily, salty etc.
Lettuce / Kale
Type: any leafy greens, spinach collards, chickweed included
A big treat depending on how much other greens they have access to.
Type: available at pet supply stores or on the internet.
One of their favorite treats and a great source of protein.
Type: nothing too fatty. Hamburger meat, turkey, lamb, pork, etc.
In moderation— a good source of protein.
Type: cantaloupe, etc.
Both seeds and flesh make great treats.
Type: raw or cooked
Cooked is nutritionally better. Great treat on a cold winter day!
Pasta / Macroni
Type: cooked spaghetti, etc.
A favorite treat but not much nutrition. It’s fun to watch them eat it.
Type: raw / cooked
Dice for easy consumption.
Seeds are a big treat!
Type: air popped popcorn without butter or salt.
Potatoes / Sweet Potatoes
Starchy— not much nutrition. Avoid the green parts of peels! Can also eat yams.
Both seeds and flesh are a nutritious treat.
A great topping for warm oatmeal on a cold day.
Type: chicken scratch is cracked corn with grains such as wheat, oats, and rye mixed in.
Treat during cold weather, not on complete meal! Toss on ground to give them something to do.
Type: cooked only
Pilaf mixes are okay too. Plain white rice has little nutrition.
Type: wheat and oat sprouts are great
Good for greens in mid-winter.
Summer / Winter Squash
Type: yellow squash not a huge favorite but okay to feed.
Type: with or without shell is fine. Other great seeds include flax, millet, and safflower.
A good treat that helps hens lay eggs and grow healthy feathers.
Type: cooked / ripe
Green tomatoes and vines should be avoided.
Not a huge favorite.
Type: served cold— can keep chickens cool and hydrated during hot summer days!
Seeds and flesh are both okay to feed.
Type: Plain or flavored in limited amounts
A big favorite and good for their digestive systems— plain is much better!
Cut in half to make consumption easier.
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