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How to feed Chicken with the chicken farm equipment?
What chickens eat and what chickens should eat are not always the same thing. Chickens are 
 
omnivores. That means they’ll snarf down just about anything, or at least try to! I’ve 
 
seen a hen catch and slurp down a snake like spaghetti. I’ve seen a chicken snatch a toad 
 
by it’s leg and all of the other hens go in a raucous chase after it, only, at the end to 
 
discover that a toad is not good eating. Chickens also eat less exciting foods, like 
 
vegetables, fruits, flowers and grass. They eat grains and seeds. They scratch the ground 
 
and find bugs and specks of things that we can’t see.So, the question isn’t really what 
 
chickens eat, but what the right diet is for them. chicken farm equipment
 
Commercial laying hen pellets (or crumbles which are the same thing but smaller) are 
 
designed for today’s productive hens. Creating a daily egg is depleting. The pellets have 
 
the right proportion of protein, minerals and energy for the chickens. These pellets 
 
should make up the bulk of your flock’s diet. Your chickens should have access to the 
 
pellets all day long. They should go to bed with full crops (the crop is the pouch in 
 
their throat where the food is first stored after it is swallowed.) It takes over 25 hours 
 
to create one egg. During the night, as the hen is sleeping, she is still building that 
 
egg. She gets the materials for making that egg from digesting food. If her digestive 
 
tract is empty she can’t make the egg. So, let your hen eat what she wants from sunup to 
 
sundown.chicken farm equipment
 
As good as it is, commercial feed should not be the only thing that your hens eat. A 
 
standard-sized hen will eat between 1/4 and 1/3 pound of pellets a day, if it’s the only 
 
food offered. However, it remains essential for our backyard hens to have a varied diet 
 
beyond the pelleted ration. Greens and dirt to scratch in are key components to keeping 
 
your flock healthy. If you can let your hens free-range, they’ll find plenty to eat. 
 
However, for those of us who live where there are severe winters, or who keep hens on 
 
small lots, or have too many predators to allow free-ranging, you have to provide a varied 
 
diet in other ways. chicken farm equipment
 
Chickens appreciate table scraps. They’ll eat most anything, from coffee grinds to stale 
 
toast to soggy green beans. Some things they won’t eat, and sometimes it’s a matter of 
 
personal preference. Mine don’t like raisins, and yet it’s a favorite treat for a friend
 
’s flock. Not all of the foods tossed in the compost pile are ideal for chickens, but if 
 
your hens are getting most of their food intake from laying hen pellets, then it’s 
 
unlikely that they will overeat any one item in the scrap pile. There’s only one item 
 
that I know of that is lethal to chickens and that is avocados. Contrary to what you might 
 
have read out there, potato skins and eggplant leaves aren’t going to cause any harm. 
 
But, some foods are better than others. If you offer too many carbs, like bread and stale 
 
cereal, your hens will get fat and won’t get enough protein. So, dole those out 
 
judiciously. In the summer, you can toss all of your garden waste, including bug-softened 
 
zucchini, weeds and grubs in with your chickens. Your hens will eat what they like and 
 
shred the rest. I don’t give them grass clippings, as that can cause impacted crops. The 
 
same goes for long scallion stalks. But, it’s not a good idea to simply throw kitchen 
 
scraps and garden waste into the run, as it will become a mess. To keep everything tidy 
 
and healthy I have a compost bin in the chicken run. What the hens don’t eat gets churned 
 
into tiny bits and quickly turns into good dirt. It’s an easy, healthy system.chicken farm equipment
 
In the winter, when the compost bin is frozen, I hang cabbages inside the coop for rousing 
 
games of cabbage tether ball. I also put treats in suet feeders. Outside, I’ll cut a hole 
 
in a pumpkin and the hens will spend days pecking at it – even when frozen it will keep 
 
them busy and healthy. chicken farm equipment
 
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