Pet chickens diet


  • Chickens need constant access to clean and fresh water in the chicken house.
  • Drinkers should be cleaned regularly.
  • Chickens must be able to access water in icy weather (ice should not be removed using chemicals).
  • Drinkers should prevent young chicks climbing in and drowning.
  • If drinkers are changed, the chickens should still be provided with some of the type that they are familiar with.


  • Feed, suitable for their age and breed, should be provided in the chicken house to give them a balanced diet.
  • Food dispensers should be cleaned regularly.
  • Chickens need insoluble grit to help digestion (e.g. hard flint grit). Oyster shell is a soluble grit which can provide extra calcium in the diet.
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