What’s the Best CHICKEN FEED?
by Jennifer Behm – Chicken farmer| Last Updated 09/09/2020
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Today. We’re going to be talking about the five things that you shouldn’t feed your chickens and the five things you should let’s get into this.
So I’m going to start with the five worst foods that you can feed your chickens. The first one on my list is dried beans. Uh, now if they are soaked or cooked for at least five hours, so cooked and then obviously cooked until soft, they are fine and fresh green beans from the garden is completely fine, but you definitely don’t want to feed them the hard dried bean. It contains a compound like Phytel Hema, glue, glue, gluten. I don’t know. It’s something along those lines. I’m not great with scientific words, but, um, it basically, it will kill your chickens that compound if they eat it. And if they do injustice, there’s kind of nothing you can do. They can die in a couple of hours. So this is a really big, no, no, never give them to your chickens. And if you are going to feed them means, like I said, you need to at least have them be cooked.
Something you would eat. People shouldn’t even eat Robbins like this. Okay. So my second thing is never give your chickens moldy or rotten food. Um, a lot of these things on my list are just kind of like common sense things like would you eat rotten food or would you eat dried hard beans now? So here’s a good example. This is actually a 201. This is a gross, nasty moldy onion and the mall. You know, the mold spores, you don’t know what’s in it. There’s, you know, it’s just, you wouldn’t eat it. The chicken shouldn’t eat it. Don’t give that to your chickens, which brings me into number three, which is onions. Onions can give the eggs a weird taste, and then it also can affect the chicken size. I’m not sure if it’s calcium deficiency, but it can, it can either affect that or like the red blood cells, whatever is, uh, the compound is inside of the onion. So, I mean, number one, who doesn’t even want, who wants to eat like onion flavored eggs, unless you love onions, but don’t, you know, they’re not good for chicken, so don’t do it. So yeah. Number three is onions. Don’t give them that. Just compost it in your regular compost bin.
Okay. Number four is I have a little green red potato here. The potato skins and the raw potato itself are not good for chickens. They contain Sola nine and potatoes are in that night shade family. So, uh, anything in the nightshade family, I just basically don’t give the chickens, which is obviously tomatoes, tomato leaves, peppers, a plant, stuff like that. Or on that family, they just, again have toxic compounds. And again, people were always kind of advised, never eat a green potato because of the toxins that form, uh, with the color change in the potato. So never give them potatoes or anything in that night shade family. Okay. Number five is avocados. Now there is a little bit of debate with avocados. As far as the flushes concerned. Sometimes I will actually give my chickens, like just a little bit of avocado. I’ll throw it in there, but, uh, the pit and the skin have again, toxins that are very lethal to chickens and can make them sick and cause other different like deficiencies and problems with your chickens.
So it’s just better to steer clear away from these items. And just again, compost them. Now. I said there was five I’m actually going to include one more, which is rummage through my bucket of trash is coffee grounds or caffeine, tea bags, stuff like that. Uh, birds shouldn’t eat caffeine. It’s very, it’s not good for them again for various reasons, complex compounds and you know, grounds that they shouldn’t eater in the caffeine. So anything that contains caffeine, tea bags, stuff like that. Just go ahead and compost these in your regular compost bit. So now that we got the negatives out of the way, let’s talk about some of the positives that chickens can eat. Number one is radishes. I have so many radishes growing in our garden right now. These are just a great little treat for the chickens. There’s really no downsides. The leaves and everything are edible where the chickens can see.
Some of these are starting to bolt getting their flower buds and they didn’t really produce much of a root because they were shaded. So my fault, but these are really great to give to the chicken, to be growing radishes, or you eat a lot of salads or stuff like that. The radish tops and the roots are great to get to the chicks as a treat. So as I’m going through this list, I’m just also going to go through the garden and kind of like pick out things that I give to the chickens from the garden, that bull, or that we have too much of or whatever. And I’ll show you some other little things too. So the second thing I want to talk about is if you have any wild Clover growing around, or even have this plant right here, which is called hairy vetch,
This, the chicken’s love, it’s a nitrogen-fixing crop. This just grows wild. As you can see, it’s taking over, it loves to climb and it loves fences. Uh, that’s great to get to your chickens. It’s kind of almost like I consider it like a pasture type of feed. Um, I just supplement it here and there as a treat, but Clover or you can buy this seed and it just grows crazy. Um, are also great CRA uh, ah, a great treat to give to your chickens. So the next on my list is I like to give my chickens, the ends of the cilantro. I have a ton growing right here in this bed. Um, cilantro is supposed to help with kind of detoxing heavy metals in humans and kind of goes the same for chicken. So they love the ends of the, uh, you know, uh, cilantro stems.
But if they are rotten or black, I just give it to the composting worms that I have in the house. Um, but yeah, they love that. So number four on my list is lettuces. Um, you don’t want to give them an iceberg necessarily because an iceberg really has no nutritional value. Everything that I’m giving the chickens as a treat has some purpose that does benefit Matt and me, once the egg starts rolling in, um, romaine lettuce is loosely flooded houses. The red-colored type lettuces, uh, are very, very good to give it to your chickens. Remember you are what you eat and the same as with the chickens. So if you have extra lettuce from your dinner, you eat salads. As I said, that’s a great addition to give us a nice treat to the chicks.
So the last thing on my top five list is anything that is in the brassica family, which is, you know, cabbages, kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, they’re so nutrient-dense, there’s no side effects or negatives to the, uh, the, these types of vegetables. So the leaves of all the, you know, broccoli or the stems I just give to the chickens, or, you know, all that little leftover stuff. That’s a great thing to throw into your compost bin. And then also I see it as a, it’s more compelling for me at least to want to eat more veggies. I love vegetables, but eat more vegetables because then, Oh, your chickens get to eat them. And then you get to eat the eggs and they get all that nutrient and they, you get just that amazing egg that you can’t buy at the store. So, okay. So now I’m going to talk about what I’ve actually given the chicken in the past, and now I don’t give that to them anymore.
Um, it’s basically everything I told you guys not to give them, uh, the, the avocado, and the coffee are really some of the things that I, um, used to give the chickens. And I didn’t really think anything of it, but I did have like a couple barred rocks this of like years ago that did pass. Um, I don’t know if it had to do with being bound or what, but they just kinda like dropped dead. So I don’t know if it had to, you know, could have had to do with something. I was giving them. Um, but like I’ve learned from my mistakes in the past, there’s, I’ve only listed five things that you shouldn’t give your chickens. There are other things out there you really shouldn’t like, it’s just kind of common sense stuff. Like, you know, French fries and like chocolate, uh, xylitol, you know, stuff like that, artificial sweeteners, it’s kind of like, you know, you just don’t, you want to give your chickens, whole natural things, raw things, um, or, you know, natural foods and not processed.
Who’s, you know, they are eating it. Um, yeah. I mean, I’ve made do those things. I’m telling you not to do them. I’m admitting I have done them. Uh, I guess this is like a confession, I don’t know, but, um, get better. Always trying to learn. Yeah. So I’ve learned from my mistakes. I try not to give the chickens, the things I’ve mentioned once in a while. I think if it gets in there as far as maybe coffee grounds are concerned, or maybe even the avocado, that’s fine, but everything else, potatoes, dried beans, that type of stuff, never, ever given that, give that to them. And I’ve never given those things to them. So at least I knew better back then too with that. So yeah. I just want to be upfront honest. It’s like, I’ve made mistakes. You might make some mistakes too, but, um, you know, I don’t know. I’m like ranting now, so I’m getting lost in my own conversation. I don’t know. But anyway guys, like I just wanted to give these five little tips are so many more things you can give your chickens. These are just five things I thought were the easiest and maybe the most readily available, um, like items in your pantry, if you necessarily, you know, aren’t growing them. So I hope this video really helped you guys. And that’s the end of this video. See you in the next one.