Chickens are generally considered herbivores, meaning that they can eat plants. Most chickens will not turn down a meal of greens or vegetables, but did you know that your chickens can eat marigolds?
Not only is this flower safe for chickens to consume, but it is also rich in vitamins and antioxidants. It is also said to repel worms, a common ailment among chickens.
What Are Marigolds?
Marigolds are a beautiful flowering herb, often used in floral arrangements. They can also be fed to chickens.
Chickens can eat marigolds, yes. Not only do you not need to be concerned, but this flowering herb provides some interesting and unique health benefits for chickens.
Marigolds contain high levels of Vitamin A which is important for egg production and eyesight in chickens.
However it’s the carotenoids that provide these benefits – so any other type of plant with carotenoids will have similar effects on your hens!
The flowers are also rich in Omega-6 fatty acids which are good for poultry skin and feathers as well as helping to keep eggs from sticking together or becoming rancid over time! Marigolds also contain small amounts of calcium and magnesium.
Marigolds can be fed on their own or chopped up in a chicken feed mixture.
You may want to add some cornmeal or boiling water to the marigold petals so that you can add it easily to your chickens’ feed, but this is by no means necessary!
You can simply place a handful or two near the chicken feeder and allow your hens to eat this as they will.
If you’re looking for a way to change up your chickens’ diet, marigolds are definitely worth considering.
They might look like common flowers, but the vitamins and nutrients contained within these petals make them more exciting than the average mealtime treat!
Make sure you’re buying organic, pesticide-free marigolds to feed your flock.
If you wish to grow your own flowers for your chickens to eat, remember that marigolds are a particular favorite of mine. You can snag seeds or seedlings at any supermarket in spring.
Chickens love marigolds and so will you! Not to mention your hens.
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