Chickens Don’t Mind ‘Expired’ Food

Outdated carrots, apples or other produce? Put them to use as a fine feast for your chickens!
April/May 2011
http://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/chicken-feed-zm0z11zhun.aspx
Chop over-the-hill produce into small pieces and your chickens will dig right in.


PHOTO: FOTOLIA/NINO PAVISIC

We are lucky enough to have a large garden, fruit trees and chickens. We also have a local grocery store that saves its outdated or bruised produce for us, and we feed it to our chickens.

We put the larger produce, such as carrots, beets and apples, through our chipper/shredder so they are in smaller pieces, and the chickens love them this way. What they don’t eat gets tilled into the garden.

In winter, I cook a hot meal of the carrots, potatoes and other veggies with some added grain. The chickens dig right in! All this preparation is a fair bit of work, but I think it’s important to do as much as I can to not waste food.

Joan DeLuca
Lillooet, British Columbia