We love to treat our pets and our feathery friends love to be treated! But it’s important to know what’s good for your chickens and what can be very bad for your chickens.
What Treats Can Chickens Eat?
Chickens love to scratch around and will devour insects, flowers and dark leafy greens in your garden.
Tasty treats, such as meal worms and corn, are brilliant boredom busters and can be used to help tame your hens. However, these have little nutritional value. These aren’t treats we recommend.
Instead, we recommend that you give your chickens fresh fruit and vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, sprouts, fresh berries, pumpkin, watermelon and peppers are popular and healthy alternatives. Do not give your chickens treats that are stale or mouldy.
You can also buy chicken specific treats. We like brands such as Hentastic and their scratching treats especially.
Treat Portion Sizes
Treats shouldn’t make up more than 5% of your chickens’ diet. It is also very important that you give your chickens their treats in the afternoon after they’ve eaten their normal pellets. (Pellets, such as layers, will meet your hens’ nutritional needs and they need to fill their crops with these first if they are to be healthy).