From Dawn in Ohio, on The Farmgirl Connection.
“I worked at a hatchery, and we had a list of things to not feed chickens. Among them were raw potato peels because they contain solanine, which is toxic to chickens. Steer clear of anything too salty as well. Garlic and onion can taint the taste of the eggs. Too much corn raises the body temperature of the birds and can cause overheating issues in warm weather, so I’d save corn for wintertime when they need that extra heat. I remember joking with my customers that they shouldn’t feed their chickens candy because it might rot their teeth. You wouldn’t believe the responses I received to that one!”
[A few more chicken no-no’s we’ve encountered are: moldy rations, citrus fruits and peels (they can cause a drop in egg production), avocado skins and pits, and chocolate (as if you’d give that up to a chicken!).]
For more tips on raising healthy chickens, see this previous recipe of the week, Recipe for Healthy Chickens.