We all want to see our girls happy, healthy and laying scrumptious eggs our families will enjoy. The best way to achieve this is by providing them with a balanced layer feed, rich in protein and calcium as well as letting them forage around our backyards for all types of little tidbits. When it comes to snacks and treats, we all know the importance of not overdoing it. Do you always grab a snickers bar or other sugar laden junk food when your hungry, or would you prefer something more nutritious? We assume the latter is correct, so the same should go for your hens. Below is a list of healthy hen treats we feed our girls.
Raspberries, strawberries, blueberries or blackberries - it doesn’t matter because they are all favorites for our feathered friends. I’ve never met a chicken that doesn’t love these healthy treats!
Chickens love a warm bowl of oatmeal as much as humans do on a cold winter day! Oats are full of nutrients, so make double for your flock the next time you make yourself a bowl, but use water in place of milk! They will love you even more if you add raisins, sunflower seed, FLYGRUBS, berries and any number of dried or fresh herbs!
Our girls love them alive or dried, but we find that storing the dried ones is much easier than the ones that are alive. These grubs are rich in protein, calcium, and healthy fats. FLYGRUBS are a healthier choice than mealworms because on average they have 85 times more calcium, and that means stronger eggshells and happier hens. Fun fact - unlike raising mealworms, raising BSF does not contribute to greenhouse gas, so not only do your hens love you more, so does the rest of our planet!
Raw, cooked or just the pumpkin seeds are a great treat for our girls. Our hens will love pecking at this fresh and delicious treat, PLUS pumpkin seeds are a natural dewormer! Talk about a win-win!
It may surprise you, but plain yoghurt is also a great chicken treat. It helps to promote a healthy digestive system in chickens. Be careful to not overfeed, please only give to them very sparingly! If given too much yoghurt, it won’t be broken down properly in their digestive system. Just a small amount on their feeding dish is a great way to cool them down on hot summer days, plus they love the taste.
Remember not to overfeed and keep in mind a treats should make up no more than 5 - 10% of your chicken’s overall diet!