What Can A Chicken Eat

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What can a chicken eat? I'm cleaning out the pantry and hate to throw the dated food away.  I thought of a friend with chickens and wondered....can the chickens eat this food.  Surprisingly yes.
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I just found this thread....
http://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=2593-Treats_Chart 
            
This is a list of everything you can feed a chicken. However, everybody's chickens have their own tiny brains full of likes and dislikes, so while one person's chickens may come running for grapes or watermelon, another person's chickens may turn up their pointy little beaks at it. Anything on this list is worth a try. Your comments are welcome - please post them on http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=188621#p188621
At
the bottom of the page are things you should avoid feeding your chickens.

Treat
Apples  Raw and applesauce  Apple seeds contain cyanide, but not in sufficient quantities to kill.
Asparagus  Raw or cooked  Okay to feed, but not a favorite.
Bananas  Without the peel  High in potassium, a good treat.
Beans  Well-cooked only, never dry  Also, greenbeans.
Beets  Greens also.  .
Berries  All kinds  A treat, especially strawberries.
Breads  All kinds - good use for stale bread or rolls  Feed starches in moderation.
Broccoli & Cauliflower     Tuck into a suet cage and they will pick at it all day.
Cabbage & Brussels Sprouts  Whole head -  Hang a whole cabbage from their coop ceiling in winter so they have something to play with and greens to eat.
Carrots  Raw and cooked  They like carrot foliage too.
Catfood * (see bottom of page)  Wet and dry  Feed in strict moderation, perhaps only during moulting * (see bottom of page)
Cereal  Cheerios, etc.  Avoid highly sugared cereal such as Cocopuffs, etc.
Cheese  Including cottage cheese  Feed in moderation, fatty but a good source of protein and calcium
Cooked Chicken  .  They may like it and it wont kill them, but it just seems so.. ummm wrong.
Corn  On cob and canned, raw and cooked  .
Crickets (alive)  Can be bought at bait or pet-supply stores.  Great treat provides protein and its fun to watch the chickens catch them.
Cucumbers    Let mature for yummy seeds and flesh.
Eggs  Hardcooked and scrambled are a good source of protein, and a favorite treat.  Feed cooked eggs only because you dont want your chickens to start eating their own raw eggs.
Eggplant  .  .
Fish / Seafood  Cooked only.
Flowers  Make sure they haven't been treated with pesticides, such as florist flowers might be.  Marigolds, nasturtiums, pansies, etc.
Fruit  Pears, peaches, cherries, apples
Grains  Bulgar, flax, niger, wheatberries,etc.  .
Grapes  Seedless only.
For chicks, cutting them in half makes it easier for them to swallow.  Great fun - the cause of many entertaining "chicken keepaway" games.
Grits  Cooked
"Leftovers"   Only feed your chickens that which is still considered edible by humans, don't feed anything spoiled, moldy, oily, salty or unidentifiable.
Lettuce / Kale   Any leafy greens, spinach collards, chickweed included.  A big treat, depending on how much other greenery they have access to.
Mealworms
(see photo after the chart)  Available at pet supply stores or on the internet, although shipping is expensive!  A huge(!) favorite treat, probably the most foolproof treat on the books.
Meat scraps of any kind.  Not too fatty.  In moderation, a good source of protein
Melon  Cantelope, etc.  Both seeds and flesh are good chicken treats.
Oatmeal  Raw or cooked  Cooked is nutritionally better.
Pasta / Macaroni  Cooked spaghetti, etc.  A favorite treat, fun to watch them eat it, but not much nutrition.
Peas  Peas and pea tendrils and flowers (thanks to YayChick for the advice)  .
Peppers (bell)  .  .
Pomegranates  Raw  Seeds are a big treat.
Popcorn  Popped, no butter, no salt.
Potatos / Sweet Potatos/Yams  Cooked only - avoid green parts of peels!  Starchy, not much nutrition
Pumpkins / Winter Squash  Raw or cooked  Both seeds and flesh are a nutritious treat.
Raisins  .
Rice  Cooked only  Pilaf mixes are okay too, plain white rice has little nutrition.
Scratch  Scratch is cracked corn with grains (such as wheat, oats and rye) mixed in.  Scratch is a treat for cold weather, not a complete feed. Toss it on the ground and let them scratch for it for something to do.
Sprouts  Wheat and oat sprouts are great!  Good for greens in mid-winter.
Summer Squash  Yellow squash and zucchini  Yellow squash not a huge favorite, but okay to feed.
Sunflower Seeds  Sunflower seeds with the shell still on is fine to feed, as well as with the shell off.  A good treat, helps hens lay eggs and grow healthy feathers.
Tomatos  Raw and cooked.
Turnips  Cooked.  Not a huge favorite
Watermelon  Served cold, it can keep chickens cool and hydrated during hot summers.  Seeds and flesh are both okay to feed.
Yogurt  Plain or flavored  A big favorite and good for their digestive systems. Plain is better.


Dont feed the following things to your chickens:
(I'm sure people have experienced exceptions to this list, but if we want to raise our birds the best way possible, "better safe than sorry".)

Heres why:
Raw green potato peels  Toxic substance called Solanine.
Anything real salty  Can cause salt poisoning in small bodies such as chickens.
Citrus  .
Dried or undercooked Beans  Raw, or dry beans, contain a poison called hemaglutin which is toxic to birds.
Avocado Skin and Pit  Skin and pit have low levels of toxicity.
Raw eggs  You dont want to introduce your chickens to the tastiness of eggs which may be waiting to be collected in the nestboxes.
Candy, Chocolate, Sugar  Their teeth will rot No, its just bad for their systems, and chocolate can be poisonous to most pets.
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