Chickens love to eat grasses, seeds, and broadleaf weeds

What Do Chickens Eat? Nutritious Feeding For Backyard Flocks

The real question is what don’t they eat. You should keep your chickens away from raw potatoes and citrus. I would also keep them away from beans, garlic, and onions. It won’t hurt the chickens to eat garlic or onions, but the eggs may taste a little weird.

Chickens love to eat grasses, seeds, and broadleaf weeds. Go ahead and throw some freshly cut grass into their run or coop. They’ll love the treat and enjoy scratching and searching for any insects that may be in there.

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They will also eat food scraps from your table. This includes meat, eggs, egg shells, fruit, and vegetables. Worms, slugs, and insects are also part of their normal diet. Mealworms are a great source of protein for laying hens.

As you can see, there are a lot of options when feeding your chickens. You can even grow your own chicken feed without too much hassle or time. Just make sure they have variety in their diet so they get the nutrients they need to produce healthy, yummy eggs.

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My Favorite Chicken and Duck Supplies

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Manna Pro Oyster Shell keeps eggs strong. Before I gave my chickens oyster shell, I had the oddest eggs, many with weak and irregular shells. Now, I don’t have an issue.

Layer Feed by Manna Pro. I like pellets rather than crumbles as my chickens eat them better and less gets wasted or scavenged by rodents. A good layer feed makes the difference in hens laying many more eggs.

My chickens love this mealworm treat, which gives added protein, something that’s great during molting and winter months.

There are many ways to feed and water your chickens. I like this food and water setup the best because it reduces waste, saves me time feeding and watering, and keeps the food fresh longer. Except, in the winter, I use a heated waterer. The only problem is the heated waterers need to be replaced every few years.

I love this chicken veggie hanger. It makes it easy to give your chickens produce from the garden and keep them occupied in the winter with a fresh head of lettuce.

These chicken toys are a hoot! They will help curb bullying and keep your chickens active, especially in the winter when hens tend to get more lethargic.

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