The other day, I reached for the last of the yogurt in the refrigerator to start a new batch and found that I had more than I needed...so, I gave some to the chickens. Boy, did they love it!
Milk, buttermilk, sour milk and cheese are all good treats for chickens. The extra calcium is excellent for improving egg shell quality. The extra protein helps alleviate stress during molting and may even ward off egg eating. In my case, feeding my chickens some kind of milk product every once in a while has stopped the egg eating completely.
Amy over at Homestead Revival feeds her chickens raw milk with all its wonderful probiotic properties which made me realize that yogurt is as good for my girls as it is for me and my family.
If you do give your chickens milk or yogurt, remember that it’s a treat, and feed with moderation. Think of it as a dessert. Special and yummy, but not the bulk of the diet. Oh, and no sweetened yogurt at all! Stick to the plain stuff.
The Backyard Chickens website has a wonderful list of foods you might not have thought to give to your chickens along with the best ways to serve up those kitchen scraps.
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you liked the pictures of my silly “milk” mustaches, chicken style. I have a fresh batch of yogurt in the refrigerator. I think I need a smoothie!
Grace and peace be yours in abundance,