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What Does a Chicken Eat?

Monday, June 27th, 2016

 

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By: Goldie

We hens of Sunflower Sentry Garden are healthy and strong and eat very well. Maybe too well. Just take a look at our fat little bottoms as we waddle through the garden in search of worms and bugs.

Want to know our secret? Mama feeds us crunchy, organic feed pellets filled with vitamins and minerals, and crushed shells for the calcium we need to lay our eggs. We also eat corn tortillas, fresh greens and organic vegetables and fruits sent by the school chef after the kids finish their daily lunches. During the winter and on cold days, Mama gives us our favorite chicken scratch made from different seeds and dried corn to keep us warm. Truthfully, we are pigs when it comes to scratch and would probably eat it until we popped.

All of us love fruit—watermelon, cantaloupe, apples and pears. Plus, vine-picked tomatoes and strawberries are over the moon wonderful—but please, nothing from the supermarket.

Here is my question. What is Mama feeding the four chicks? They seem to get bigger every day. Some mornings she opens their door and exclaims, “Did you grow overnight? You chaps are huge!” Ms Ana, our Auntie says she has never seen chicks grow so fast or big and she used to raise chickens on her farm in El Salvador. So tell me, Mama, what is the secret?