Day 1 to 8 weeks old chicks require Starter Feed.
Eight weeks to 18 week old chicks need Grower Feed
Older than 18 weeks need Layer Feed
Grit is needed when feeding treats. (the grit will act as their teeth and grind down the feed that they eat)
Egg layers need calcium supplement-crushed oyster shell and crushed egg shell (the oyster/egg shell will dissolve in their gullet and give calcium for their own bodies, as well as strengthen the eggs shells they produce)

Treats
Apples – raw and applesauce (appleseeds are poisonous)
Bananas – no peel
Beans – cooked (NO dry beans)
Berries – all kinds especially strawberries
Bread

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Broccoli
Brussel Sprouts
Cauliflower
Cabbage
Carrots – raw,cooked, leaves
Cereal – Cheerios (not sugared)
Cheese – including cottage cheese
Corn – on cob or cooked

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Crickets
Cucumbers
Eggs-scrambled; shells crushed
Fish, meat scraps – cooked
Flowers
Fruit
Grapes – cut in half
Grits – cooked
Lettuce
Leafy Greens, spinach, collards, chickweed
Mealworms
Melons
Oatmeal- raw or cooked
Pasta – cooked
Peas
Peppers, bell
Popcorn cooked, no butter, no salt
Potatoes-cooked only
Pumpkin
Raisins
Rice – cooked

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Sprouts
Suet (winter months)
Yellow squash and zucchini
Sunflower seeds
Tomatoes, cooked or raw
Watermelon

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Yogurt, plain or flavored
Zucchini
Thanks to Backyard Chickens for this impressive list!
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/chicken-treat-chart-the-best-treats-for-backyard-chickens

Do Not Feed
Citrus Fruit- Chickens may not be given any type of citrus.
Candy, Caffeine, Chocolate, Anything Salty, Sugary or Moldy- These are bad for their digestive systems and can even kill them
Raw potatoes or peels
Too much of some foods, such as cabbage, onions, garlic, flaxseed, and fish, may cause your chickens’ eggs — and even the meat — to have an off taste if these foods are fed for long periods of time.
Other Foods to Avoid: sweet foods, Avocado skin or pits, Onions, green tomatoes and tomato vines

PS:FOOD-GRADE DIATOMACEOUS EARTH (DE) sprinkled in the nesting boxes and coop floor helps control parasites, and sprinkled around the feeders controls flies and ants in the summer. Also add DE to your chickens’ daily feed in a 2% ratio to help guard against internal worms. Note: DE also kills good bugs and can cause lung aggravation if the dust is inhaled, so take care where and how you sprinkle it

PSS: Our solution to the hens’ constant need for fresh water is an automatic waterer from Tractor Supply’s pet department!
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