Chickens are gluttonous - and they love it when you add a random element to their diet. Although much of what they eat is layer feed, they delight in small quantities of fresh, varied ingredients.
Like all good things, scraps and other foods should be doled out in moderation. They should also be sectioned into small pieces.
Food to avoid
In the natural world, animals know to avoid food that is toxic to them - domestic animals, however, often lack this survival instinct, meaning that it’s your responsibility to learn what food should be avoided and prevent your chickens from ingesting it.
Food you should NOT give to your chickens:
- Nightshades: potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, bell peppers
- Large quantities of onions
- Apple seeds
- Rhubarb leaves
- Large quantities of citrus fruit
- Raw beans
- Large quantities of chocolate or sweets
- Food that is over-salted
- Moldy food
HOT TIP: your hens are smart. They will leave on the side food that they dislike. You will soon enough know what they love and what they hate.