The five foods here, though, are potentially killers for your chickens.
- Never, ever allow your chickens to eat dried or raw beans.
- Chickens should not eat anything mouldy.
- Parts of the avocado should not be eaten by chickens.
- Chickens should not eat green potatoes or green tomatoes.
- Chickens should not eat chocolate.
Besides, what do most chickens eat?
Chickens also eat less exciting foods, like vegetables, fruits, flowers and grass. They eat grains and seeds. They scratch the ground and find bugs and specks of things that we can't see. So, the question isn't really what chickens eat, but what the right diet is for them.
Here is a list of foods that chickens can eat that people have common questions about from the good people at the the Back Yard Chicken Forum. Asparagus Raw or cooked: Okay to feed, but not a favorite. Bananas: High in potassium, a good treat (they usually will not eat the peel). Corn on Cob and Canned: Raw and cooked.
Raw or cooked, whole or rolled, oats are one of my flock's favorite treats. Interestingly, adding a 3% ration of oat hulls to chickens' diets can reduce pecking and aggression which often will lead to cannibalism in flocks - and oats are proven to make chickens more resistant to heat stress and exhaustion.
Because they have no hulls, naked oats are lower in fiber than regular oats. Canadian research indicates that naked oats can compose up to 60% of the diet of laying hens, replacing the corn, soybean meal, and oil. At this level, there is no loss in production, but feed efficiency is reduced.
Chickens can eat potato peels, even the ones turning slightly green. Yes, the green ones can be toxic, but only in very large quantities. If chickens are getting the bulk of their diet from laying hen pellets, then they won't overeat on the questionable items.
What Not to Feed Chickens: 7 Things to Avoid
- Avocadoes (mainly the pit and peel) As with most of the things on this list, I was able to find several people who report feeding avocado to their flock without problem.
- Chocolate or Candy.
- Green Potato Skins.
- Dry Beans.
- Junk Food.
- Moldy or Rotten Food.
In fed in moderation, there is no evidence that feeding your chickens pineapple has any negative health effects for your chickens. We all know what chickens are like; if you let them loose in your garden, they will eat more or less anything they lay their eyes on.
Feeding your chickens raw peanuts is not recommended. That would be because of the existence of an enzyme called trypsin which seems to be harmful for the health of the tiny animals and birds. You should also keep in mind that salted peanuts are also not a treat option for your chickens.
Most of your leftovers will be safe for your flock, but try to avoid salty foods. It's okay to give your chickens fruit that has gone a little soft, such as strawberries or tomatoes that no longer appeal to you, but if there are any signs of mold or the food is spoiled – toss and do not give to your flock.
Under normal, healthy conditions, your backyard flock will not try to eat flock mates if they get a taste of your leftovers. Chickens are omnivores and voracious eaters, but they don't actually know your leftovers are chicken. To them, it's just meat.
Yes! Chickens absolutely can have coconut! We feed fresh coconut meat from our own trees whenever we have the opportunity. When we have a large amount we will crack open a few daily and offer it on the "half shell" free choice--they get as much as they will eat, basically.
Tomato, pepper and eggplant leaves As members of the nightshade family, they contain Solanine, just like potatoes, so you should try to keep your chickens off your plants. They can, however, eat tomatoes, peppers and eggplants. Avocadoes – The pits and skins contain the toxin Persin, which can be fatal to chickens.
Fortunately, the natural feeds you can produce in your backyard are what chickens would eat in the wild: green plants, wild seeds, and animal foods, such as earthworms and insects — all fresher and more nutritious than anything you can buy in a bag.
Avocado skin and pits contain persin, which is toxic to chickens. Avoid citrus juice and skins. Uncooked raw or dried beans contain hemaglutin, which is poisonous to chickens. Raw green potato skins contain solanine, which is poisonous to chickens.
In large doses it is even toxic to humans. However our systems are able to process the amounts that are in both garlic and onions without harm. Onions contain much higher quantities of thiosulphate than garlic, which is why it is safe to feed garlic (in small quantities) to our chickens but not onions.
To sum up: bugs, worms, seeds, weeds, grasses, and even rodents. Typically, backyard and small farm chickens also eat food scraps from the farm household - basically anything besides beans, garlic, raw potatoes, onions, and citrus. You can feed them beans, garlic, and onions, but the eggs might taste funky.
Before you ask yourself, can chickens eat watermelon, I can assure you that watermelon is one of my girls' favorite treats. They are perfectly happy if I just cut a melon in half and let them have at it – they'll eat the flesh, seeds and even the rind!
Chickens love fruit and vegetables and you can give them this daily. Our girls love: vegetable peels, bananas, apple cores, carrots and broccoli. You are safe to feed chickens pretty much any vegetable or fruit except any raw green peels (such as green potato peel) and any citric fruits such as oranges and lemons.
You can save carrots, bits of celery and lettuce, etc. If you just throw them on the ground inside their pen, they will rush over to investigate and enjoy a treat that is more interesting than their regular chicken food, but make sure the food isn't rotten or spoiled.
All our chickens love citrus. We are lucky enough to have oranges, grapefruits and lemons growing on the property so they get lots of citrus. They dont care for the lemons, they will eat the grapefruit and they just love the oranges.
Chickens are compelled to scratch at the ground. They use their toes to mix up litter or scrape the ground in search of various seeds, greens, grit, or insects to eat. Spreading scratch grains (cracked, rolled, or whole grains such as corn, barley, oats, or wheat) encourages this behavior.