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Are carrots good for chickens?
Yes! Carrots are high in vitamin A, vitamin K, and vitamin C as well as beta carotene, thiamine, folate, manganese, and niacin. All of these nutrients are essential in a healthy chicken’s diet.
Beta carotene is a carotenoid, the substance that’s responsible for the orange/yellow hue in egg yolks. Feeding your chickens carrots is a good way to get your chickens to lay rich golden orange yolks.
Small chicken breeds such as silkies, bantams, and seramas will need some help because their beaks are too small and weak to peck a chunk out of whole carrots.
Is it okay to feed silkie chickens carrots?
Shred the carrots into fine strips with a cheese grater and make ‘carrot noodles’ or ‘carrot worms’. Your chickens will go nuts and chase each other over these ‘carrot worms’.
How should I prepare carrots for chickens?
Whole carrots can be hard for chickens to take a bite out of. Cutting carrots into chunks is also not something I would want to do. I mean, who really likes chopping carrots, anyways?
The easiest way to serve carrots to your chickens is to shred them into ‘noodles’ or ‘worms’. Your chickens will chase each other around the yard as they fight over these ‘worms’. This way, you can turn a healthy snack into an entertaining toy!
The easiest way to make carrot shreds is to use:
- A food processor with a shredding/grater attachment plate
- A cheese grater
- A vegetable peeler
What could go wrong if I feed carrots to my chickens? When are carrots bad for my chooks?
Even though carrots are a nutritious snack, too much can throw your chicken’s digestion out of balance.
Like all fresh vegetables and fruits, carrots are a high moisture food. Giving your chickens too much fresh carrots in comparison to chicken feed can give them watery poop and diarrhea. Carrots are also very sweet which can lead to high blood sugar and fatty liver disease.
All good things in moderation!
How do you like to give your chickens carrots? Leave a comment below if you have any tips!