What Do Chickens Eat?





What do Chickens Eat?




Chickens are not picky animals to feed; therefore your biggest concern is making sure they are getting all the necessary nutrients required for their well being, and of course for the products you hope them to produce.  I recommend that you purchase a good quality chicken feed from a reliable supplier.  If you choose to purchase from your local farmer, it may not necessarily be the most nutritious but could very possibly be cheaper, this would need to be taken in to consider so that you can supplement their diets with what they may be missing from the feed.



Did you know? A chicken’s body is more than ½ made up of water, so water is of utmost importance?  Always keep fresh water nearby; your chickens may not go in search for it, so make it easily accessible to them.



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So what do chickens eat?


Everything, and when I say everything I mean just about everything, but a few necessities in their diet are listed below.  These are must haves:


  • Chickens need grains
  • Greens, this includes grass, weeds green vegetables
  • Protein from bugs, worms and also milk and meat
  • Water – very important!
  • Calcium which is found in oyster shells
  • Vitamin A & D
  • Salt



answers-to-raising-chickensNow the more natural of a diet the better your eggs will be and taste of course.  So if it’s possible let them roam in the yard often, the more bugs and weeds they eat, the better for them and the better for your eggs.  Don’t forget however, that you can not consider this their main source of feed; this is treat for them in additional to their nutritional food.



Did you know:  Your chickens will have a hard time eating harder, larger foods, so keep this in mind when tossing them a carrot, and instead give them the peelings from a carrot.



Below are just a few ideas on what food can be considered treats.  Like I have stated, they are not picky animals, so you can try different things to see what do chickens eat: 

  • Bananas are (high is potassium and a great treat for you pet poultry-but not all chicken like them)
  • Live crickets (great for their protein and amusing to watch)
  • Mealworms
  • Scratch (great during the colder months to keep them active, therefore raising their body temperature)
  • Sunflower seeds (help their feathers)
  • Plain yogurt
  • Melons
  • Berries
  • Fruits
  • Rice


And of course chickens LOVE table scraps, but make sure there are edible for you before giving them to your pet poultry.  You don’t want to give them the moldy food found at the back of your refrigerator.  That will not be good for the chickens or your eggs.









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