Friday, May 4

Chicken Treat Chart

I found this great treat guideline for my backyard flock today. More great information can be found on their website - Backyard Chickens

This is a great resource for anyone interested in starting their own flock or already have ladies foraging around the yard.

TreatTypeGeneral Opinions
ApplesRaw and applesauceApple seeds contain cyanide, but not in sufficient quantities to kill.
AsparagusRaw or cookedOkay to feed, but not a favorite.
BananasWithout the peelHigh in potassium, a good treat.
BeansWell-cooked only, never dryAlso, greenbeans.
BeetsGreens also..
BerriesAll kindsA treat, especially strawberries.
BreadsAll kinds - good use for stale bread or rollsFeed starches in moderation.
Broccoli & Cauliflower.Tuck into a suet cage and they will pick at it all day.
Cabbage & Brussels SproutsWhole head -Hang a whole cabbage from their coop ceiling in winter so they have something to play with and greens to eat.
CarrotsRaw and cookedThey like carrot foliage too.
Catfood * (see bottom of page)Wet and dryFeed in strict moderation, perhaps only during moulting * (see bottom of page)
CerealCheerios, etc.Avoid highly sugared cereal such as Cocopuffs, etc.
CheeseIncluding cottage cheeseFeed in moderation, fatty but a good source of protein and calcium
Cooked Chicken.They may like it and it won’t kill them, but it just seems so….. ummm………… wrong.
CornOn cob and canned, raw and cooked.
Crickets (alive)Can be bought at bait or pet-supply stores.Great treat – provides protein and it’s fun to watch the chickens catch them.
Let mature for yummy seeds and flesh.
EggsHardcooked and scrambled are a good source of protein, and a favorite treat.Feed cooked eggs only because you don’t want your chickens to start eating their own raw eggs.
Fish / SeafoodCooked only.
FlowersMake sure they haven't been treated with pesticides, such as florist flowers might be.Marigolds, nasturtiums, pansies, etc.
FruitPears, peaches, cherries, apples
GrainsBulgar, flax, niger, wheatberries,etc..
GrapesSeedless only.
For chicks, cutting them in half makes it easier for them to swallow.
Great fun - the cause of many entertaining "chicken keepaway" games.
"Leftovers"Only feed your chickens that which is still considered edible by humans, don't feed anything spoiled, moldy, oily, salty or unidentifiable.
Lettuce / KaleAny leafy greens, spinach collards, chickweed included.A big treat, depending on how much other greenery they have access to.
(see photo after the chart)
Available at pet supply stores or on the internet, although shipping is expensive!A huge(!) favorite treat, probably the most foolproof treat on the books.
Meat scraps of any kind.Not too fatty.In moderation, a good source of protein
MelonCantelope, etc.Both seeds and flesh are good chicken treats.
OatmealRaw or cookedCooked is nutritionally better.
Pasta / MacaroniCooked spaghetti, etc.A favorite treat, fun to watch them eat it, but not much nutrition.
PeasPeas and pea tendrils and flowers (thanks to YayChick for the advice).
Peppers (bell)..
PomegranatesRawSeeds are a big treat.
PopcornPopped, no butter, no salt.
Potatos / Sweet Potatos/YamsCooked only - avoid green parts of peels!Starchy, not much nutrition
Pumpkins / Winter SquashRaw or cookedBoth seeds and flesh are a nutritious treat.
RiceCooked onlyPilaf mixes are okay too, plain white rice has little nutrition.
ScratchScratch is cracked corn with grains (such as wheat, oats and rye) mixed in.Scratch is a treat for cold weather, not a complete feed. Toss it on the ground and let them scratch for it for something to do.
SproutsWheat and oat sprouts are great! Good for greens in mid-winter.
Summer SquashYellow squash and zucchiniYellow squash not a huge favorite, but okay to feed.
Sunflower SeedsSunflower seeds with the shell still on is fine to feed, as well as with the shell off.A good treat, helps hens lay eggs and grow healthy feathers.
TomatosRaw and cooked.
TurnipsCooked.Not a huge favorite
WatermelonServed cold, it can keep chickens cool and hydrated during hot summers.Seeds and flesh are both okay to feed.
YogurtPlain or flavoredA big favorite and good for their digestive systems. Plain is better.

1 comment:

  1. Ooh this is great! I will have to remember to come back for this when we have chickens! :)