Feeding Scraps to the Chickens

Posted by F&S

When you keep chickens, it’s important to feed them well so that they will lay the best eggs possible.  We have about 200 chickens at the farm and that means a lot of food!  Fortunately, Martha has the perfect situation.  Each week, she takes huge bowls off their beautiful eggs into the test kitchen at the magazine and also to the kitchen at the TV studio.  In return, she is given all of the kitchen scraps, sans meat, to feed to the chickens.  It’s actually quite a nice little system.

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Hey Sharkey, Arshad just returned from the TV studio in NYC with a car load of stuff.  Something smells a lot like food.  Would you come here and confirm?

1 Hey Sharkey, Arshad just returned from the TV studio in NYC with a car load of stuff. Something smells a lot like food. Would you come here and confirm?

You're right, Francesca.  There's definitely food in that bin and it looks like something the chickens might enjoy.

2 You're right, Francesca. There's definitely food in that bin and it looks like something the chickens might enjoy.

Martha makes certain that all of the non-meat kitchen scraps are saved for the chickens.

3 Martha makes certain that all of the non-meat kitchen scraps are saved for the chickens.

We need to deliver this to our feathered friends ASAP.  Who's around who can help us?  Maybe Gyurme?

4 We need to deliver this to our feathered friends ASAP. Who's around who can help us? Maybe Gyurme?

Oh, Arshad!  We're so glad you're still here to help us with the chicken food.

5 Oh, Arshad! We're so glad you're still here to help us with the chicken food.

Hi there, Gyurme.  Not to worry - you're off the hook this time.  Arshad said he has time to help us.

6 Hi there, Gyurme. Not to worry - you're off the hook this time. Arshad said he has time to help us.

Look!  The minute those chickens see us pull up, they come running!  They always seem to be hungry!

7 Look! The minute those chickens see us pull up, they come running! They always seem to be hungry!

Let's undo the knot on these bags to see what kind of feast lies within!

8 Let's undo the knot on these bags to see what kind of feast lies within!

Oh boy!  It looks like some very healthy nibbles, including hydroponically-grown greens and their organic growing plugs.  I also see citrus peels - great vitamin C!

9 Oh boy! It looks like some very healthy nibbles, including hydroponically-grown greens and their organic growing plugs. I also see citrus peels - great vitamin C!

And, look!  Eggshells!  Martha brings big bowls of their eggs to the TV studio and the chickens get to eat their very own thick eggshells!  These are very high in calcium, which will help the hens to lay strong eggs.

10 And, look! Eggshells! Martha brings big bowls of their eggs to the TV studio and the chickens get to eat their very own thick eggshells! These are very high in calcium, which will help the hens to lay strong eggs.

Luckily Arshad was here to help us put the food in their troughs, since we're not allowed in the chicken yard.

11 Luckily Arshad was here to help us put the food in their troughs, since we're not allowed in the chicken yard.

This is about as close as we can get.

12 This is about as close as we can get.

We're Frenchies!  What can I say?  We were born to chase!

13 We're Frenchies! What can I say? We were born to chase!

Just look at them feasting away!  Fresh food must certainly be a treat after pecking all that cracked corn that they eat.

14 Just look at them feasting away! Fresh food must certainly be a treat after pecking all that cracked corn that they eat.

No wonder these chickens lay such beautiful eggs!

15 No wonder these chickens lay such beautiful eggs!

Francesca, let's go home and see if our dinner is ready yet.  I'm kind of hungry!  Perhaps chicken tonight?

16 Francesca, let's go home and see if our dinner is ready yet. I'm kind of hungry! Perhaps chicken tonight?

Comments (7)

  • Good Morning F & S
    Your mom sure does have a lot of chickens and it looks like they really enjoy all those scraps. It's great that nothing goes to waste.

    Well I thought we were going to have to build an Ark on Saturday night with those bad storms. Our pool was filled to the top! Yesterday mom and dad had to do major cleanup in the yard it was a mess.

    I can't wait the Easter Bunny comes Sunday!! The kids come over for an egg hunt, I always find a few myself, then we have a big dinner. We all have an Easter basket I can't wait to see what kind of treats we get this year :)

    I hope you chewed up those stupid rabbit ears so Martha doesn't get any ideas about making you wear those on Sunday, you both looked silly. I guess you'll be have baby Jude to the house for dinner, I'm sure she'll have a pretty Easter dress. Mom always buys her nieces dresses for Easter, they always look so cute.

    Have a great day!
    Zoe

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    Well I was all ready for the “big blow” Saturday but it didn’t come. Most of the storms passed to the north and really hit some areas really hard. Now I’m not complaining mind you; glad they passed us by. If I were there with you two, we would find a way to chase those chickens. Chow Chows are made for running and chasing too. Things have grown so much around here while we were away it will take days to get caught up. I’ll do my part and watch for the squirrels while Mommy and Daddy work in the yard. I just may get in a nap or two.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hello Ladies,
    That is pretty great how all that good stuff comes to the chickens. That's really recycling when you bring them the eggshells. Mom got her timess mixed up and missed your Mama's Eggcellent Easter Special. She is pretty tired from taking care of me I guess, and didn't remember to tape it even. Looked and no sign of a re-run. I guess I just get to set the photos from the other day of you two in your bunny ears. Hope it was fun. I am feeling better and keeping food down now. I lost 5 lbs. Mom says that is a way lot when you weigh 30 lbs. I will be back to myself by Easter, and I am sure get lots.
    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • How delightful to see nothing goes to waste! kudos to mommie Martha for giving the chickens all these healthy food remains. I put out our scrapes and peels for the wild Turkeys and what ever other critters can find joy in eating it.
    We had snow again this morning and will for the rest of the week...all my plants came back into the house, what a mess...they are just as confused as I am!

  • Seeing you two standing around on your back legs doing important stuff always makes me laugh. You look so adorable. I think it's terrific the way your Mom uses a complete organic recycling system, absolutely nothing goes to waste.

    Only in Marthaland would table scraps for the chickens be wrapped up and have a beautiful presentation. :lol: I love your supposed innocence at not being allowed in the chicken coop. Uh-huh right. I wonder why? :wink: I'd love to see GK's expression when he sees the chickens. Does he hunt the way you two do?

  • Hi Girl Friends &G.K., You two girls are so thoughtful to help feed those hungry chickens that delicious food left over from the TV Show kitchen and the test kitchen! I like vegetables with my meals and I'll bet you do, too. How nice that Arshad was there to help you feed the chickens. Where was G.K.? I'll bet he would love to help, also. Sure was fun to see you two girls on Martha's Special TV Show, Eggcellent Easter, last night! I thought you looked pretty cute! Hey Basil, sure glad you are feeling better! I woke my Mom at 4AM today because I was choking on something and kept throwing up white looking saliva. Now I feel better and will take a nap so Mom will feed me soon. Don't know what caused it, but if I do it again, she will most likely take me to the vet-sure hope not. Have a great day everyone! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Too cute! The only problem I see with giving food scraps to the chickens, is that you have less for the compost bin. But when you have chicken manure for fertizer, who can complain?? Happy Egg days, Francesca & Sharkey!

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