Chickens can eat almost anything that you serve on your family’s table. By sharing your table scraps, you reduce the amount of waste headed for the landfill and you provide a more nutritious and varied diet for your flock. Feeding your flock table scraps also reduces the amount of store-bought feed they need, which is a nice cost savings.
In general, vegetable and meat trimmings you have from your meal preparation may be saved for feeding. Often before your family sits down to eat, you have already collected carrot tops, wilted lettuce leaves and a few fatty pieces of cooked meat you trimmed off your roast. You may also collect scraps from your family’s plates after your meal is complete for the same purpose. It helps to have a small dish next to the sink to collect this food for your flock.
We suggest putting table scraps in galvanized or plastic feeding bins, which are easy to clean after each feeding. Do not put table scraps into a closed feeder, because they will get clogged and are much more difficult to clean.
While most of the food you eat is also okay for your flock, there are some items you should avoid sharing because they may make your chickens sick. Avoid feeding the following items to your chickens:
- Do not feed chickens spoiled, rotten or moldy food
- Do not feed chickens pungent foods like onions or garlic whose flavors transfer to eggs or meat
- Do not feed chickens raw chicken meat or skin, which can lead to picking or cannibalism
- Do not feed chickens any food that contains avocados because their skins are toxic to chickens
- Do not feed chickens un-cooked potato peels, because they are difficult to digest
- Do not feed chickens heavily salted foods which can lead to dehydration
- Do not feed chickens overly fatty or fried foods because they offer few nutrients
- Do not feed chickens artificial sweeteners, which are thought to cause cancer
- Do not feed chickens alcohol or caffeine
In general, if you stick to fresh food and follow the guidelines above, your chickens will love the variety of good eats you are offering them.
Reel Top Feeder 18″ and 24″
$6.95 – $7.95
Galvanized feeder designed with spinner to discourage roosting.
This reel top feeder prevents the last thing you want to have – chickens roosting above a feeder. Just image the extra “nutrients” they could add!
This heavy-gauge galvanized steel feeder is equipped with a free spinning top to discourage roosting.
Curved feed-saving lip with snap-in reel makes cleaning easy, and includes rolled edges for safety.
In order to minimize feed loss, we recommend that you do not fill this reel top feeder over 1/2 full. With open ground feeders, it is always best to offer a few feeders partially filled instead of one fully filled. It will save you money in the long run by preserving your feed!
This type of feeder is great for all feeds even including table scraps!
18 Inch Selected, 24 Inch Selected