Top Treats Happy Backyard Chickens Will Love

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Looking for some ideas for chicken treats?  Pigs might have a reputation for being the big farmyard eaters, but chickens LOVE all kinds of kitchen scraps!

Insects & Seeds

Want to become your chicken’s best friend?  Give them bugs!  You can buy freeze dried meal worms at feed stores, in the bird seed section at many stores, or order in bulk online.  While you are in the bird seed section, pick up some Black Oil Sunflower Seeds for healthy eggs & gleaming feathers.  For some real entertainment, buy a bag of live crickets at the pet store and watch your chickens chase them about!

Leafy Greens & Veggies

From fresh romaine heads to the remnants of last night’s salad, chickens love most leafy greens.  Loose leaf & head lettuce, kale, spinach, carrot or beet tops, sprouts, and grass are all healthy treats to try.  Chickens are also happy to eat up most leftover veggies you have.  Try broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers, squash, pumpkins, brussel spouts & corn (on or off the cob). click here to read about growing wheat grass indoors for year round fresh greens


Chickens enjoy most fruits.  Watermelon is a favorite on a hot summer day.  Cantaloupe & Honeydew melons are also popular (they will happily eat up the rind, seeds & “guts” of the melons).  Other fruits to try: mashed bananas, grapes, berries, peaches, pears & pomegranates.

Plain Yogurt

A big time favorite, good bacteria & probiotics found in yogurt are great for your chicken’s digestive system.  It also provides a good source of calcium for strong egg shells.  Plain yogurt is best.  Try mixing in mashed bananas, berries, sunflower seeds or dried mealworms for an extra special treat!

Top Treats Happy Backyard Chickens Will Love

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  1. Vicki says:

    Is it safe to give chickens flax seeds?

    1. Yes, flax seeds are great for snacks (and will add a little Omega 3 boost to their eggs) or to mix a little into their layer feed

      1. Vicki says:

        Thank you Liz

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