Treats for Chickens

Treats for chickensJust like human children and adults, chickens also need treats that will motivate them to live healthy and happy lives. However, unlike humans, the treats for chickens are much more nutritious. Compared to human treats that are mostly comprised of candies, chocolates, and other sweets, chicken treats are mainly fruits and vegetables.

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Yogurt is a traditional favorite of chickens. It is tasty and extremely good for their intestines. This is also a good source of calcium which can greatly contribute to the structure and health of the eggshell. But the treat most favored by chickens is the worm! They will eat it so quickly that it will disappear without a trace.

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Chickens, even with their tiny brains, have the ability to like or dislike a particular treat. Below are some of the treats that chickens will typically come running for. If the first one didn’t work, scratch it off and move on to the next.

Apple.  Raw or in applesauce. The seeds contain a small amount of cyanide but it’s so small that it can’t affect the chicken’s health.

Banana. One of the good treats. This is also high in potassium so it is good for muscle activities.

Live Crickets. You can choose to hunt them or otherwise buy them in a pet or bait store. This is also a nice treat to give them. You can watch them run around chasing the critters plus it is a good source of protein.

Mature Cucumbers. Give the mature ones because they love it when the seeds and flesh are soft enough to peck on.

Fruits. There are exceptions. But the best fruit treats are peaches, pears, cherries, etc. Some say that it is not wise to give fruits to egg laying hens but not everyone agrees.

Leftovers. When we say “leftovers”, it must be something that came from a human’s plate minutes after mealtime is over. It must be edible. Anything that came out of your fridge that is considered moldy or spoiled is not recommended. Don’t give anything salty.

Foods You Shouldn’t Feed Your Chickens

Although chickens can eat leftovers, here are some foods they should not eat:

  • Citrus fruits and peel
  • Bones
  • Any large serving of meat, or meat that has gone bad
  • Garlic and onion
  • Avocados
  • Raw potatoes
  • Chocolate

IMPORTANT NOTE: Morning Glories and Daffodils are poisonous to chickens; make sure to keep an eye on your flock if you have these plants in your yard.

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