Should I Be Feeding Chickens Table Food

Feeding Chickens Table Scraps

Feeding chickens table scraps is a topic that many people on the internet debate about. We will take a look at some of the pros and cons of feeding chickens table scraps and offers some suggestions if you decide to spoil your flock with human food.

Most experts agree that feeding your chickens properly is a key to their overall health and longevity and will produce more eggs from your hens. For most backyard hobbyists, feeding your chickens a high quality commercially produced chicken feed is all you really need, but chickens are like other pets they love a treat now and then. These feeds are specifically designed to meet the needs of your chickens depending on the stage of development your hens and roosters are in. A good quality chicken feed is not that expensive and can be purchased at any store that sells animal feed and supplies.

However, I personally do feed my hen’s food scraps especially fruit and vegetable scraps. I do not feed them any meat products or bones. Believe it or not chickens do love potato peels and they love egg shells. I find feeding them fresh vegetables like spinach, cabbage, tomatoes, lettuce, carrots and watermelon seems to be their favorite fruits and vegetables they love to eat. Most green’s like spinach and collard greens keep the yolk of the egg a deeper shade of yellow.

Table scraps should never take the place of your regular chicken feed, however. Table scraps simply do not contain the needed nutrients your flock need’s in order to keep them healthy and to live longer. As an occasional treat giving them scraps is fine, but you should never try to sustain your flock over a long period of time with just table scraps.

It is very important to also understand many forms of table scraps can actually be harmful. For example, feeding your chickens table scraps that contain a lot of spices or salt can be very harmful to their overall health. I never give my flock any sort of fish since there can be hidden bones in fish that could injure the birds. Also, like dog’s I never give them any chocolate to eat.

It is important to monitor your flock after feeding them scraps. If there is any leftover food on the ground, you can be sure they do not enjoy that particular meal. You should clean left over table scraps up as soon as possible as this material is almost surely going to spoil and will most likely attract wild animals that could hurt you birds.

Conclusion

Feeding your chickens is ok to do (In my opinion), just be careful not to give them anything that could harm them. That is why I stick to mostly fruit and vegetables. Chickens are pets just like dogs and cats, so you do not want to harm them by giving them something that will make them sick. Make sure that if you give them table scraps you only do it as a treat and not in place of chicken feed that contains the nutrition they need to be healthy and produce good quality eggs.

Tom

I have always had an enthusiasm for homesteading and for living off the grid even though I live in a combination of country and urban setting. Living in Central Florida north of the big cities we have the best of both worlds, country and the conveniences that a person would have living in a large urban city. I personally have had a concern about our weakening economy and how it effects each and every-one of us. The second thing that I have a concern about is how most of the world view’s our country and what may happen one day here in the United States. My Life Experiences I was raised by parents that grew up during the great depression, they passed onto me what life was like and how people had to live during this time period. My family were farmers, gardeners, and homesteaders, they were raised this way and they passed onto me these qualities. I also have family members that live totally off the grid. They live in the North Woods of Minnesota which is a great location for living off the grid. The Southern Homesteader is a passion of mine, I love passing on and sharing information about cooking, news, being self-sufficient, living off the grid, canning, food storage, budgeting, and much more. Since this blog is a passion of mine I am constantly adding and tweaking this site to be a better resource for you. More About Me I grew up in Northern Illinois farm fields. After spending most of my life in large corporate business I decided to relocate to a small town on the nature coast of Central Florida. This is where I met my wife and between us we have 4 wonderful daughters. We have a small homestead where we raise our chicken and live freely. We also have a bug-out place in the mountains of North Carolina that we call our retreat. We spend time there getting things prepared for all our family members when SHTF. I am blessed with a wonderful family and the knowledge that God has given me so I can pass this along to you the readers. I will never tell what you what to do or what to purchase, I just am offering my opinion. I want to take this time to thank each and every one of you. Always feel free to contact me and drop me a note. I will do my best to respond to your emails in a timely manner. Thank you again, Tom Johnson

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