Before you dive deep into this article, please remember that their feed already contains the suggested levels of protein, for the average chicken, so don’t over do it! Pay attention to the suggested serving sizes and a good rule-of-thumb to follow is this. An extra teaspoon of protein, per chicken, per day, is enough!
My girls love scrambled! As we all know, eggs are rich in protein. What you might not have known is that chickens love them as much, if not more than humans do. Pro tip - do not feed them raw eggs, as this may compel them to start eating their own eggs after laying them!
We are a bit bias, but we like to think of these delectable treats as the crème de la crème of
chicken treats. Just like cuckoos go crazy for Coco Puffs, your girls will go crazy for these grubs! If you want to encourage your chickens to forage, simply scatter them around the coop and backyard, and they will be gardening in no time.
Fresh pumpkin is one of the best treats you can give to your girls, because they are a dense source of protein and rich in antioxidants. This year after you carve the pumpkins at Halloween, save those seeds for your chickens!
Japanese Millet is rich in protein and other essential vitamins & minerals. If you live near a body of water, you can grow your own! This plant often grows alongside lakes, rivers and swamps, so you can treat you chickens when it’s in season.
Sardines and Tuna
These canned fish drive my chickens wild (just make sure that it doesn’t have any additives, like salt or oil). These fish are rich in protein and omega 3 content, so it’s great for chickens.
It’s a dense source of protein and can be grown in your garden. Mix it into their feed or other treats and they will chomp it down, like it’s going out of style. I like to think of it as a garnish for my hens feed and treats.