How to Feed Chickens Scraps

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14-01-2018, 07:00
Chickens are literally living-composters. You can feed them an array of table scraps and leftovers, from meat to pasta and rice. However, there are also quite a few table scraps that you should either be limiting, adjusting or not feeding at all. Some types of food can even lead to a vet trip, so be careful and continue reading below.


  1. Feed corn. Corn can be fed raw, cooked or dried - anyway you'd like. It's also included in scratch poultry feed, and makes a good treat for winter time. Add them into their poultry mix, hand-feed them or throw them on the ground.
    • You can feed corn from the can or from the cob either raw or cooked.
  2. Watch the potatoes. Chicken's love cooked/mashed potato, but avoid the green and/or moldy ones as they are extremely poisonous, even to humans. Sprouted potatoes are also bad. Fresh potato skin and the insides should be fed cooked, but don't contain a high amount of nutrients.
    • Potatoes go green when exposed to sunlight, the key to good potatoes is how you store them.
  3. Do not feed dry or raw beans. Beans are extremely toxic to chickens, and they can die within 1 hour of digestion. They contain the toxin phytohaemagglutinin which is lethal to poultry.
    • Beans need to be thoroughly soaked for five hours and then cooked in high temperature water for 15 minutes to be given to chickens. Soaking them alone won't get rid of the toxicity.
  4. Avoid avocado. The pit and skin is toxic, however, the actual avocado isn't highly toxic to chickens. In fact, they can actually digest the inside, but not too much - otherwise they can get a bad case of diarrhea.
  5. Steer away from onions. When fed in large amounts onions can be fatal to chickens, because they are a leading cause to anemia and jaundice. They contain a toxin that destroys red blood cells called thiosulphate.
  6. Feed peelings. Chickens can eat banana peels, carrot peels, orange peelings, etc. Feel free to feed any peeling scraps you would like, but avoid potato and avocado skins.
  7. Be cautious of tomatoes. You can feed red tomatoes, but don't ever feed green tomatoes or their stems. Keep everything ripened in the tomato factor, as green tomatoes and the plant contain a toxin that chickens cannot digest.
  8. Use cabbages, brussel sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower. Using hemp string, tie these vegetables up by the stem from the ceiling of the coop, allowing full access from the flock. Your chickens will pick at and play with these, making for a creative boredom-buster.


  1. Don't give your chicken apricot pits or apple seeds. These are harmful to chickens as they contain cyanide. Before feeding apricots or apples to your chickens, remove the pit and seeds.
  2. Limit citrus fruits. These are fine for chickens to digest, but the acidity causes an egg-production drop. Only feed once in a while, or if necessary.
    • Citrus fruits include lemons, oranges, limes, tangerines and grapefruit.
  3. Feed apples. You can serve apples raw, cooked, peelings or even as an apple sauce. But completely avoid the core and seeds. You can purchase machinery that take off the apple core for you or cut it by hand with a knife.
  4. Feed berries. Chicken's love berries, especially strawberries. With a wide selection you can feed them almost anything. Strawberry tops might be a scrap you wouldn't necessary use, but can throw to the chickens.
  5. Feed grapes. Ensure you purchase a seedless brand as chicken's cannot digest grape seeds properly. Chickens love grapes. Cut them in half to make it easier for your flock to swallow.

Human Foods

  1. Never feed chocolate to your chickens. Chocolate has a bad history, especially with cats and dogs. Chocolate contains two toxic ingredients to chickens; Theobromine and caffeine. Caffeine is an entirely seperate ingredient that is toxic alone. At all costs; never feed chocolate full-stop, especially dark and/or baking chocolate.
  2. Completely avoid fast food. Burgers, fries, fried chicken, dougnuts and pizza are all unhealthy and shouldn't be fed to chickens. They are filled with sugars, salt and carbohydrates - all of which chickens shouldn't be digesting. Save the leftovers for the bin.
  3. Don't feed your chickens junk food. Anywhere ranging from potato chips to sweets and popcorn. Many junk foods are treated with large quantities of salt and sugar, which you must completely steer away from.
  4. Feed cereal in moderation. Plain brands of cereals such as cheerios or weetabix make great treats, but avoid more sugary brands that aren't healthy for your chickens.


  1. Limit bread portions. Too much bread is unhealthy for birds as it can give them a sour crop and fill their stomach with unnecessary nutrients. Feed 1 slice of bread a day per the minimum of 5 birds and break the slices up into smaller portions.
    • Avoid feeding bread with mold.
    • Feel free to chuck out any stale bread to the chickens.
  2. Supplement calcium through egg shells. Chickens will supply you with eggs and even eat the unwanted parts. Rinse the shells with a strainer, crush them up and set on a tray. Bake for 10 minutes or less on a low heat to dry the shells out and to remove the uncooked egg.
    • Ensure the leftover egg on the shell is either rinsed or baked properly, otherwise the chickens may develop a taste for egg and eat their own.
  3. Feed meat in small cuts. Cook your meat and cut it into smaller parts to make it more digestible, and spread it evenly around the flock to avoid violent competition. Chicken's tend to go crazy for meat, so you want to be watching your flock in how they react to it.
    • Although they can be fed raw meat, it's suggested to cook it first as chickens commonly turn violent when introduced to raw meat.
  4. Cook any eggs you want to feed. There is nothing wrong with raw egg, and it isn't harmful, but it can lead to an egg-eating habit if chickens get a taste of it. Always cook your egg before feeding. You can cook them any way you like - fried, scrambled, boiled, etc.
    • Eggs are a great source of protein for those in the flock that are deficient.
  5. Avoid salty foods. It can lead to salt poisoning as chickens don't naturally digest (or need) a lot of salt.
  6. Stick to grass and nothing else. You should avoid most house plants as there is a wide list of poisonous ones. If you would like to feed a leafy serving from the garden, pick some uncontaminated grass that has been untreated and rinsed before serving. Or let your chickens free-range in the garden.
  7. Cook fish/seafood before feeding. Chop these up and split between the flock to avoid violent outbreaks from occurring. Chickens tend to challenge each other over meat/fish.


  • If you would like to feed grit, it has to be cooked.


  • Don't feed moldy bread to chickens.
  • Generally, anything that molds shouldn't be given to chickens.
  • Chocolate causes heart problems and can kill your chicken within 24 hours of digestions, so never feed chocolate at all costs.
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