What Do Chickens Eat? Nutritious Feeding For Backyard Flocks

Chickens love to eat grasses, seeds, and broadleaf weeds

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 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.

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.

Annemaria Duran

Hi, I’m Annemaria Duran. I moved out to the country 6 years ago, mainly so I could have more land. I love all aspects of country living. First, we got chickens, then ducks. Now we have sheep, goats, and rabbits. I'm always learning and love sharing it!

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