Everyone deserves a treat from time to time and your leftovers could be a chicken’s dream. Although the laying feed contains all the nutrients that your chickens need, you can throw in some of these goodies for a healthy snack.
1. Mealworms - an excellent source of protein and vitamins.
You'll often find your chickens pecking away at the ground looking for worms and other yummy insects. Did you know that they also enjoy dried worms? Dried mealworms are actually an excellent source of protein and vitamins. Offer them in the palm of your hand. You’ll see, your chickens will be thrilled !
2. Shrimp - the luxury snack.
During the holiday season, shellfish may be an important part of your holiday meals. Keep the good part for yourself, and treat your chickens with the rest. Shrimp is high in Omega 3's and calcium, which help strengthen the heart and support the nervous system.
3. Pumpkin - from shell to seeds.
Pumpkin provides an array of vitamins, minerals, protein and calcium. It will give them a well deserved immune system boost as winter rolls around. Give it to them whole, from shell to seeds, they'll enjoy every bite.
A great trick for post-halloween jack-o-laterns. Before serving it to them, make sure to remove any parts with wax or paint.
4. Corn - snack and play.
If you want to keep them busy, hang the corn on a string. They'll peck on it for hours. Use it sparingly as you may see a drop in egg production.
5. Blueberries - full of vitamins A, B, C and Beta-Carotene
Chickens love blueberries ! You can give them any kind, as long as they come from your garden or a known and trusted source. Pesticides could be toxic for your hens - so beware of feeding them commercial blueberries.
All of these treats will give them a well deserved immune system boost as winter rolls around. But be careful, it shouldn't represent more than 5% of their daily food intake.
What unexpected snacks do you treat your chickens to?