Providing nutritious food and clean water for your flock is one of the most important aspects of their health and development. It’s also important to know what your chickens are eating because in turn, we eat their eggs (and for some, the birds themselves). Chickens can thrive on a variety of different foods and feeding programs. The following posts will help sort out some common questions about feed choices and help you decide what’s appropriate for your flock.
Selecting the Right Feed for Your Flock
There are many options when it comes to store bought chicken feed. As chicken keeping becomes more popular, feed stores are carrying several different brands for the consumer to choose from. Within those brands, there are quite a few options; different protein percentages, starter, layer, grower, finisher, crumbles, pellets, mash, organic, vegetarian, medicated and some with added supplements like the Omega range and calcium. The following posts will help you decide what is an appropriate feed for your flock.
While many kitchen scraps are healthy for chickens to consume, some can make them sick. Learn about food safety in the following posts.
Grit and Calcium
Along with a balanced diet, chickens do better with a calcium supplement for healthy eggshells and grit to help them digest their food. Learn how to add these important elements to your chicken’s diet.
Learn what supplements might benefit your flock.
Home Grown Feed
Learn what plants you can grow to feed to your chickens.
Chickens love to scratch. It’s part of their instinct to turn up the soil and find insects and worms under the dirt. However, scratching inside the chicken coop causes feed to be tossed around and wasted. A properly designed feeder limits waste and will keep feed dry and fresh. Check out our assortment of do-it-yourself chicken feeder designs!
Mealworms provide a nutritious boost for your chickens. Many use mealworms as an alternative to soy, which is the usual source of protein in store bought chicken food. Learn about feeding mealworms to your flock, and how to raise an ongoing supply.
Vegetarian vs Not
There is an ongoing debate right now in the chicken world as to whether vegetarian fed chickens are healthier than non-vegetarian. Learn the pros and cons and decide for yourself.
Chickens love treats! Learn which treats are healthy for your flock and what is an appropriate amount to feed.
Free ranging and pasture raising are alternative ways to provide your chickens with food. It is a more natural way to rear chickens but there are pros and cons. Learn about free ranging and decide what’s best for your flock.
Clean water…the nemeses of every chicken keeper. Chickens are notorious for messing up their nice clean water source. They love to scratch and because of this, soiled bedding almost always ends up polluting the waterer. Learn about different poultry waterers and tricks that help keep your chicken’s water fresh and clean with minimal effort.
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