Thanksgiving leftover treats for your chickens
Here at Team Titan we hoped you all had a lovely Thanksgiving - and one thing we're almost certain of is there will be leftover scraps that your chickens will just loooove to eat!
Giving chickens leftover foods is a good way to cut down on waste that was just going to in the trash! It is important to note that you should give them leftovers in moderation as they are not always part of a balanced diet!
Here is a list of chicken-friendly leftover foods:
- Vegetables: Most cooked or raw vegetables are okay. Suggestions include: broccoli, carrots (cooked or shredded), cabbage, chard, cucumbers, kale, lettuce, pumpkins, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes.
- Corn — Raw, cooked, or dried corn
- Cooked meats — Cut the meat into small pieces before feeding.
- Sweet potatoes and sweet potato skins belong to a different plant family and do not contain solanine. They are safe to feed to your chickens.
Here is a list of not-so-friendly leftover foods for chickens:
- White potatoes and potato skins
- Avocado skins and pits — These contain persin, a fungicidal toxin, that can be fatal to chickens.
- Spoiled or rotten foods — Foods can produce toxins when they spoil.
- Chocolate — Chocolate contains theobromine which may be toxic to birds.
- Very greasy foods — These can be difficult for your chickens to digest.
Today's fun fact: The cognitive skills of chickens are similarly high to those of a dog or cat.
Stay safe & happy clucking.