Things to NEVER feed your Backyard Chickens

Things to NEVER feed your Backyard Chickens

As a responsible chicken owner, it's crucial to understand what you should never feed your feathered friends. While chickens are known for their ability to eat a wide variety of foods, there are some items that can be harmful or even deadly to them.


Here are some things you should never feed your chickens:

1. Avocado

Avocado contains a toxin called persin, which can be harmful to chickens. Avoid feeding them any part of the avocado, including the flesh, pit, and skin.

2. Chocolate

Chocolate contains theobromine, which is toxic to chickens. Keep all chocolate products, such as candy or baked goods, away from your flock.

3. Onions and Garlic

Onions and garlic contain compounds that can cause anemia in chickens. Avoid feeding them raw or cooked onions and garlic.

4. Moldy or Spoiled Food

Moldy or spoiled food can contain harmful bacteria that can make your chickens sick. Always check the quality of the food before feeding it to your flock.

5. Salty Foods

Chickens have a low tolerance for salt, so avoid feeding them salty foods like chips or pretzels. Too much salt can lead to dehydration and other health issues.

6. Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruits like lemons, oranges, and grapefruits can cause digestive issues in chickens. It's best to avoid feeding them these fruits.

7. Raw Beans

Raw beans contain a toxin called lectin, which can be harmful to chickens. Make sure to cook beans thoroughly before feeding them to your flock.

By being aware of what not to feed your chickens, you can help keep them healthy and happy. Stick to a balanced diet of chicken feed, fresh water, and occasional treats like fruits and vegetables to ensure your flock stays in top shape.

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