So, Can Chickens Eat Gourds?

newly introduced chickens to the flock

Gourds are one fruit that is rarely thought of as food, at least in North America, but nonetheless is a regular sight when autumn rolls around. Though these hard-shelled plants are commonly associated with pumpkins, cucumbers, squashes, and melons, there are nonetheless distinct unto themselves. Culturally significant around the world, what we really need to … Read more

So, Can Chickens Eat Ivy and Ivy Berries?

newly introduced chickens to the flock

Chickens are well known for eating all sorts of plant matter when they are allowed to forage. Sometimes they eat things that we would prefer them not to, and other times they eat plants that, seemingly, nothing else wants to eat. How about ivy and ivy berries, for instance? Can chickens eat them? Yes, generally … Read more

So, Will Pigs Eat Bones?

pig in front of its pen

Domestic pigs are omnivorous and energetic eaters. Everyone knows that, and the expression “eating like a pig” has been with us for so long for a good reason! Pigs eat produce, grains, meat, and all sorts of things. Some people also assert that pigs eat bones, easily and happily. Could this be true? It’s hard … Read more

So, Can Chickens Eat Kumquat?

two six months old freedom ranger hens

If you own chickens, you probably know by now that chickens can eat all kinds of fruits and other produce, though there are a few examples that are distinctly off-limits. Surprisingly, there are many exotic or tropical fruits that are good for chickens, but not quite all. How about kumquats? Can chickens eat kumquats? Yes, … Read more

So, Do Chickens Eat Ticks?

a chicken trying to eat some hay

Raising a flock of chickens is seen as something of a rite of passage for homesteaders, and one with many benefits. From baskets of fresh eggs to effective fertilization of crops and even the control of harmful insect populations. Regarding this last benefit, some homesteaders report that they see a plunge in tick numbers on … Read more

So, Can Chickens Eat Pineapple?

chickens eating pineapple

Chickens love fruit, and there is hardly any fruit more delicious and refreshing than pineapple. But when you stop to think about it, would chickens really have access to pineapple in the wild? It is enough to get you thinking, but all we need to know is whether or not chickens can eat pineapple. Yes, … Read more

So, Can Chickens Eat Mango?

a hen eating mango

Mangoes have often been called the king of fruits, or at least they are called the king of fruits in the countries where they usually grow! These delicious, delectable tropical fruits are sweet and satisfying, and also contain a good complement of vitamins. We know people love them, but can chickens eat mangoes? Yes, chickens … Read more

So, Can Chickens Eat Squash?

two six months old freedom ranger hens

If there is one vegetable that is a love it or leave it proposition for most people, it has to be squash, of all kinds. They are either beloved seasonal vegetables suitable for all kinds of dishes or disgustingly slimy, depending on who you ask. But however you might feel about them, we need to … Read more

So, Can Chickens Eat Arugula?

a hen eating arugula

Chickens eat all kinds of leafy vegetables. From lettuce and cabbage to various types of grass, if you own chickens you know by now that they love snacking on the green stuff. However, there is one leafy vegetable that is renowned for its nutrition and is commonly used in salads: arugula. Can chickens eat arugula? … Read more

So, Can Chickens Eat Ferns?

two six months old freedom ranger hens

Chickens will eat just about anything, and that includes all kinds of plant matter. They will eat leaves, flowers, stems, roots, and all. But not all plants are healthy for chickens, or even safe, and knowing enough to keep your birds away from harmful plants is crucial. How about ferns? Can chickens eat ferns? Yes, … Read more

So, Can Goats Eat Nuts?

goats eating some cashews

Most animal owners know that nuts are one food that you need to be really careful with when it comes to feeding it to your furry friends. Some nuts are safe to eat, while others can cause serious health problems. Most people, luckily can eat nuts but even then nut allergies are among the most … Read more

So, Can Chickens Eat Rabbit Pellets?

newly introduced chickens to the flock

It rarely fails that animals kept together, or even near each other, on a farm or working homestead will find a way to “share” food. Horses will eat goat feed, cows will swipe a bit of hay from the horses, and so on. But chickens, chickens are omnivores, and that means they can be some … Read more