Chicken Wiki

Chickens are omnivores, meaning that they eat both plant and animal matter. By and large, chickens will eat just about anything that they can fit into their beaks. That said, they can occasionally be picky eaters. Although their taste buds aren’t as developed as some animals, chickens still prefer certain foods. Usually, if a chicken isn’t eating a certain food, it’s because it knows there’s something better nearby. In the wild, chickens forage for their food, so must rely on what’s locally and seasonally available. Meanwhile, domestic chickens don’t have to worry about this problem, and instead live off of chicken feed and whatever else they can find in their yard or pen. That being said, we’ve identified a number of foods that chickens frequently feed on and enjoy. Here are 12 foods that chickens like to eat:

  • Grasses
  • Weeds
  • Worms
  • Insects
  • Grains
  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Eggshells
  • Seeds
  • Small mammals include mice, rats, chipmunks, shrews, moles, voles, and even small rabbits
  • Reptiles include small lizards and small snakes
  • Amphibians include frogs, toads, newts and salamanders

Rooster clucking to show hens food (bread)