Are Chickens Vegetarian?

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“I noticed that you have stated that it is ok to give meat to chickens in this last newsletter. I have been told that you should not give chooks “meat” of any description, that they are vegetarian. Is this true please? Regards” ~ Jan

Hi Jan,

I’m glad you wrote.

Although we don’t often think of it as “meat”, a major component in a chicken’s diet is the bugs and worms they so fondly enjoy unearthing.

Chickens are not vegetarian.

It is okay to give your flock well cooked meat scraps.

I don’t recommend fish though unless you know it’s origin.

Protein is extremely important in a chicken’s diet.

If you’re feeding home rations, make sure you are giving them plenty of protein in whatever form you prefer.

Thanks for the question Jan.

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