Can I feed kitchen leftovers to my chicken?

Kitchen leftovers are good for chicken health. You should feed at least 10% kitchen scraps, the rest of it should be good layer feed.

If you don’t feed layer food and you raise chicken in a free range with just natural food, then it is pretty okay. If you compare free-range chicken with commercial chicken, your chicken is happier and healthier.

We are going to discuss what you can feed them and what you should not.

What you can feed:

You can give them apples, pears. It is fine for your chickens, but make sure that you remove the seeds. Apple seeds can be harmful to your chicken because they contain cyanide, which can be deadly for your birds. Some other fruits such as peaches, apricots, cherries, or any of them that have pits in them, make sure you remove pits before you feed them. You can feed your chicken strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, or any kind of berry. You can give them melons and cucumbers during the summer. They will enjoy it. You can give them tomatoes and grapes. But make sure that you cut it into small pieces.

You can give them all the leafy greens (lettuce, kale, spinach) that you eat. You can give them pepper/chili. Chickens cannot taste pepper. It will not hurt them. You can give them nuts if they are not salted. You can give them shrimp and shrimp shells. You can give them broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and celery. You can give them bread if it is not moldy. You can feed them eggs but cooked or scrambled. You can feed your chicken chicken. It sounds weird. I won’t do that but you can. Of course, it should be cooked. If you go fishing and have leftover worms, you can give them to your chicken. They will enjoy it.

Keep in mind, you don’t need to worry about this thing too much. You can give anything to your chicken. They will not eat what is not good for them. They have the ability to judge. But also, you have to be careful.

The things you shouldn’t give:

Apple seeds: Apple seeds contain cyanide. It can be deadly for your bird.

Moldy food: You shouldn’t give them any moldy food. It can cause liver complications and other illnesses.

Mushrooms: Don’t give them mushrooms if you don’t have enough knowledge about them.

 Raw potato: Raw potato can kill red blood cells. It’s okay to give them cooked.

Citrus: Not all citrus is bad for chicken, however, it’s good to avoid it. It can affect egg production.

Overly salty food: Overly salty food can cause heart, lung, and kidney complications. However, a small quantity does not harm.

Uncooked rice: You should avoid uncooked rice. It absorbs water from chickens’ stomachs.

Onions: It can cause Heinz anemia in chicken and also affect the egg taste.

Some more items that are better to avoid: Chocolate, candy, coffee grounds, pickles, raw beans.

In general, don’t feed them anything that is highly processed, high in fat, or salt. Don’t give them more scraps. Try to keep them as natural as you are.