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Treats are exciting for your chickens — something that breaks up their day.

You may be amazed by the kinds of treats chickens like. If you like it, chances are your chickens will too. Just remember to give treats in moderation and no strong flavors like garlic and onion. Over time, you’ll find out which treats are favored the most. Here are some tried-and-true treats for chickens:

Breads and starches: Examples include rolls, pancakes, plain cooked pasta, tortillas, cooked oatmeal, and dry cereals low in sugar.

Crickets and mealworms: You can find these treats at feed stores.

Cut-up fruits: Try sliced apples, fresh cranberries, figs, grapes, melons, peaches, strawberries, and watermelons.

Greens: Chickens like lettuce of all types, sorrel, kale, Swiss chard, cabbage, and wheatgrass.

Plain yogurt and kefir: These foods aid in digestion, are a good calcium source, and discourage egg eating.

Sunflower seeds: Raw sunflower seeds can be dried as a whole head or with the seeds separated. Never feed salted and processed sunflower seeds.

Vegetables: Corn on the cob, cucumber, cooked potatoes, steamed squash, and pumpkin are all good choices.

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