How to Feed Chickens Organically

Two Methods:Feed Them VeggiesFeed Them To Bulk Up

If you are a chicken lover and your home or farm is just full of roosters and hens, sometimes you may wish you could find a way to feed them more naturally. You don't want your hard-working hens eating chicken food with preservatives. This article will help you know more about feeding your birds organically.

Method 1
Feed Them Veggies

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    Give your chickens the freshest fruits and veggies. In the wild, chickens wouldn't have dried corn bits, fruits and seeds. They would have to get their food themselves, so the best choice would be to feed them the fresh versions of those. Corn bits right off the cob, mashed fruits and vegetables, and fresh seeds make great food for your chickens.
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    Feed them sunflower seeds. Sunflower seeds have many essential oils, so they are highly recommended.
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    As for the fruit and vegetables, stay particular to blackberries and carrots.
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    Feed them grass. Surprisingly, grass is very good for the chicken's immune system. Additionally, the chlorophyll helps the chicken's eggs gain a good pigment and may even increase their size. Make sure you feed them soft grass; this is the only case where it is okay to give the blades to them whole. They will usually eat it vertically.
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    Prepare the food correctly. You can grow these food items yourself to ensure extra freshness, but buying them from the store is also okay. If bought the food from the store, make sure you wash the food items and that they are at room temperature. Cold foods could cause discomfort or discourage the chicken from eating. Everything should be mashed or diced in order for the chicken to eat it without choking, or to actually be able to eat it at all!
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    Feed them fruit and vegetable peels. When you cook and use vegetables or fruits and peel them, giving these to your pet would be a good idea. Except for potato peels. It is difficult for chickens to eat and digest these. Zucchini peels, carrot peels (washed) and squash peels are all great.
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    Be aware that this method is made for the purpose of the chicken's best enjoyment, activity and egg production. This method could cause your chickens to remain at a median weight for their breed, so they would be skinny. This is why you should use these steps and feed them often (depending on the breed).
    • Small breeds (3-6 pounds or less, female) should be fed approximately half a cup of mix every 8 hours.
    • Medium breeds (7-12 pounds, female) should be fed approximately 3/4 cup of mix every 6 hours.
    • Large breeds (13-20 pounds, female) should be fed one full cup of mix every 6-8 hours. If you are seriously concerned at any point about your chicken's health, weight, or behavior, do not hesitate to call your local vet and get your pet checked out right away.

Method 2
Feed Them To Bulk Up

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    Feed your chickens the right foods to bulk them up. You may be a chicken owner that breeds chickens for meat. The first method is good for keeping them healthy and happy, but not so good for bulking them up for slaughter or consumption. This method will teach you to feed them organically, but to help them bulk up, too.
    • For bulk, you can feed your chickens the following: Broccoli, carrots, leeks, peas, leftover bread crumbs, dried tomatoes, flaxseed, pumpkin seeds and red grapes. These are all great for immunity and bulk, but your chickens may be less active.
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    Make a broccoli and flaxseed mixture. Here's what you'll need: one cross section broccoli, about 15 red grapes, 1 cup flaxseed, one stem of a leak and a few blades of grass. Here's what you do:
    • Take the whole broccoli cross section and split it as much as you can by hand.
    • Then cut the green flower heads until they are just little bits on the plate (resembling green seeds).
    • Take the red grapes and mash them however you see fit (by hand, by blender or dicing). #*You then take the leak and split it vertically until it is just a few thin twigs of leeks.
    • Mix the broccoli flower heads, the red grapes and the flaxseeds, but not too much, not like a mush. Stick the leek twigs in and stir once. Throw blades of grass on top and give to your chicken.
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    Make a carrot mixture. For this recipe, you'll need the following: A carrot, 1 cup of peas and 3/4 of a cup of pumpkin seeds and some blades of grass. Here's what you should do:
    • Cut the carrot into wheels from the tip to the leaves.
    • Dice until smaller than pinky fingernail.
    • Mash half the cup of peas (this half heated) and leave the other half whole (no heating, cold but not frozen).
    • Mix carrots bits and peas along with pumpkin seeds.
    • Throw grass on top and give to your chicken.
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    Make a tomato mixture. Here's what you'll need for this recipe: 3/4 cups dried & diced tomatoes, 1/2 a cup of flaxseed, 1 cup pumpkin seeds, and a few blades of grass. Here's how you make it:
    • Add dried tomatoes to mixing area.
    • Throw in the flaxseed and pumpkin seeds.
    • Mix thoroughly and give to chicken with blades of grass on top.
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    Remember this method may not work because some breeds of chickens were bred to fight and are not meat or egg sources. It helps the majority of them, though. Feed your hens/roosters the same as with the veggie method.


  • Some breeds do not respond to the diet (usually small breeds).
  • Some other breeds were bred to have a very strict diet, which you should look into.
  • If your chicken responds negatively or refuses to eat, give them time if they are older and used to something else. Younger ones should have no problem, though.


  • Do not forget to always make sure they have fresh, chlorine-free water that is kept at a cool temperature.
  • Baby chickens are fresh into the world and their immune system is very weak. Stick to seeds ONLY! Flaxseeds and unsalted sunflower seeds are recommended. The sunflower seeds even help the chick to start developing healthy feathers due to the helpful oils and components it has (such as oleic acid and Vitamin E).

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