What Scraps can I feed my Chicken?

Scraps for Chickens

What Scraps can I feed my Chicken?

Table and kitchen scraps can be a terrific addition to the diets of your chickens. Being omnivores, they will eat just about anything; however, care must be taken on just what (and how much) is given in the way of scraps. Remember that the bulk of what you should be feeding your birds is a specially formulated chicken feed – this will provide them with the correct amount of protein and nutrients.

However, as a supplement to this everyday feed, some scraps can be given to provide variety (and reduce your own table scraps!). We will outline some of the common foods that should, and shouldn’t, be fed to chickens.

Chicken nutrition Thompson and RedwoodIn moderation:

* Cooked meat

* Some veggies: e.g. boy choy, silverbeet, spinach, cabbage, lettuce, veggie peels, broccoli, and cucumbers.

* Some fruits: e.g. banana, melons, pumpkin, tomatoes, apples, and berries.

* Breads

* Grains


* Fried foods (unhealthy and difficult to digest)

* Uncooked and processed meats

* Avocados

* Onions

* Raw eggs or whole egg shells (this can lead to egg eating!)

* Chocolate (basically anything high in fat or sugar)

* Strong-tasting foods like garlic and fish – they can impart unpleasant flavour to poultry meat and eggs

* Anything spoiled or rotten

* Anything that contains alcohol or caffeine

* Dried beans

These kitchen and table scraps should constitute no more than 10% of your chicken’s diet… And if in doubt, don’t feed it! Feed a quality pellet as the bulk of their diet to ensure optimum nutrition, and provide easy access to clean, fresh water. We have a range of poultry feeds available to suit every stage of the life cycle.

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Joanne Wallace
  • Corinne Reside
    Posted at 02:14h, 15 June Reply

    Very helpful, thank you.

  • Barbara Benson
    Posted at 13:36h, 06 March Reply

    Very helpful and thorough. If you can answer a question for me I would really appreciate it. Can I feed chickens and birds raw oatmeal? Thank you for all the info.
    Barb Benson barbara4042@comcast.net

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