WHAT CHICKENS EAT 

See our downloadable guide for the most detailed information about what chickens love to eat and how chickens can gain the below essential nutrients.  We also include suggested feeding amounts to get you started!

Whether you are new to keeping chickens or have raised them for years, considering what you are feeding your flock is a good habit to practice. We constantly consult guides for what we can and cannot feed our chickens (because who can remember all of that!), from table scraps to backyard plants around the coop. It is always a good idea to be informed about the dangers or benefits of what your chickens are exposed to.

Chickens, like any other living thing, have certain nutritional requirements to live a healthy life.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR CHICKEN NUTRITION INCLUDE:

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Fresh water

All living things need fresh water to maintain healthy body function and metabolism.

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Protein

Protein is important for muscle and tissue building and repair.

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Carbohydrates

Provides “quick” energy to the birds throughout the day.

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Fats and Oils

Provides long term energy the birds can burn off throughout the day and keeps feathers and skin healthy.

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Vitamin A

Needed for normal growth, disease resistance, vision, and reproductive health.

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Vitamin B Complex

Needed to maintain optimum growth rate and reproductive health.

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Vitamin D

Healthy growth, prevention of rickets, strengthens eggshells.

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Vitamin K

Improves circulation and keeps blood healthy.

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Calcium

Strengthens bones and eggshells.

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Phosphorous

Strengthens bones and eggshells.

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Zinc

Needed for healthy skin and feather development.

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Manganese

Strengthens eggshells and creates a good hatching rate.

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Iodine

Control of metabolism

Chickens eating corn off the cobb

Are you looking for even more ways to increase your chickens’ health?

Learn how to ferment chicken feed or what your chickens’ egg yolks are telling you? See our easy chicken raising videos for the answers!

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“Regard it as just as desirable to build a chicken house as to build a cathedral…”

Frank Lloyd Wright left us with this wisdom that beyond the size of any project, its the quality and the charachter of it’s purpose that can turn a coop into a castle. Contact us if you have any questions about joining the movement.