We love our chickens! They are a significant part of our day. Feeding the chickens helps children learn responsibility, how to take turns, and how to be gentle with animals. Grabbing handfuls of chicken feed also provides an opportunity for a fun sensory experience. We feed them chicken mash daily, and often the children feed the chickens scraps, grass, and herbs.

If you’d like your child to bring food scraps to feed to the chickens, here are some food suggestions, as well as foods that should not be fed to our chickens:

Daily chicken feeding

Possible scraps for chickens:

  • Carrot tops/peels
  • Apple peels
  • Pepper scraps
  • Leftover sandwiches
  • Stale bread
  • Old bananas
  • Stems/centers from lettuce, kale, any greens
  • Pineapple husk
  • Cucumber scraps
  • Zucchini scraps
  • Strawberry tops
  • Melon rind/seeds
  • Leftover oatmeal, rice, grits, etc.
  • Cooked boneless meat scraps (anything but poultry)
  • Leftover pasta
  • Extra kombucha scoby, kefir grains, etc.
Chicken treat!
Chicken treat!

Please, NO:

  • Raw potato scraps
  • High-sugar items (cake, cookies, etc.)
  • Chocolate
  • Citrus
  • Very salty items (chips, etc.)
  • Poultry meat
  • Rotten food
  • Moldy food
  • Raw eggs
  • Onions

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