Spoiled chickens November 17, 2015

I may have a flock of spoiled chickens.

My brother-in-law has started his first job: he works at a bagel shop, and he knows the way to my hens’ hearts. His company normally donates any leftover bagels to halfway houses and homeless shelters, but on occasion, in support of spoiled chickens, he brings the inedibly stale ones to the Henway.

spoiled chickens

Mmmmm, good peckin’!

What’s a Henway?

Five to seven pounds!

I try not to give my hens too many treats–most of their nutrition should come from their feed!–but having a pig-out day every so often won’t hurt. And who can resist such a delicious selection? Certainly not my spoiled chickens.

spoiled chicken

Am embarrassment of riches!

My spoiled chickens were so engrossed, they didn’t mind the close-up pictures.

chicken spoiled with bagels

Where’s my lox?

Well, maybe they weren’t all so appreciative! Natasha gave me the stink-eye, more than once.

stink eye chicken

These are mine. STAY AWAY.

I’ll admit I very much enjoyed

  1. Throwing the bagels all over the yard.  Like a game of stress-relief Frisbee!
  2. Watching one hen grab a bagel, and then seeing the others chasing after her.
  3. Trying to guess which flavor the hens would avoid. (Answer: they didn’t have a preference)
  4. Snapping a few close-up pictures.
  5. Goosing the occasional unsuspecting snacker.

Normally, this rooster would not approve of me petting his favorite lady.


But he’s just too engrossed to notice.

I love the look in this hen’s eye.

possessive hen

Don’t touch my poppy seed!

Do you have spoiled chickens? What do you do to spoil them?

jenn November 17th, 2015

My chickens get a mixture of warm oatmeal made with juice from manderine oranges and egg shells. They also get manderine oranges as well as a bunch of lettuce or spinach. They also get an occasional rine of various fruit.

Marcia August 30th, 2016

I fix white rice for my girls (even the dogs and cats like it).

Christina owens October 7th, 2016

My chickens are very much spoiled. They love the meal worms and will eat them right out of the bag. My girls and rooster VB love when I fix them rice and get a head of lettuce for them. My girls would love these extra treats

wanda russell October 7th, 2016

I treat my girls mealworms and grits. They love both equally.

Alan Webster October 7th, 2016

My ladies follow me around like puppies when I break out the mealworms. They’re shameless!

DAVE KELLER October 7th, 2016

My girls luv their grapes and meal worms. When I walk out of the house and say, girls, oh girls they go crazy

Teresia October 7th, 2016

#spoiled chickens…..boy o boy… do mine get spoiled…. my brother feeds about 5 different things… moost are treats but then corn in season they get corn on the cob… test of the year cracked corn… then lettice… some meal worms… now winter coming on they have crickets…we even get green grass and the weeds they love… O and apples…SPOILED

Peggy Ward October 8th, 2016

My group of chickens get cut up hot dogs and fresh spinach. They really love these treat and most of them can be hand fed.

Anita Roy-Petetson October 8th, 2016

I feed my chickens bread and they come to me and eat out of my hands. They love scratch and mealtimes too. All I have to do is open the door and they come running. The duck, Big Foot a Moscovy, Snowflake, Red, Goldie, Chicadee, and Baby are our babies. I also give fruit and my neighbors feed them too

Cindy Sheets October 8th, 2016

My chickens go nuts over the meal worms. They can be the whole way on the other side of the yard and if they hear the bag it’s like a stampede of chickens. They love them!

Sue Schuster October 8th, 2016

My guys and gals enjoy berries, mealworms and now at this season pumpkin as added treats

Donna charette October 9th, 2016

I spoil my hens by buying kale and mustard greens they love this. They also especially love the watermelon rinds and bananas .

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Heidi August 14th, 2021

I’m a CNA at a nursing home and the kitchen saves me all the old scraps for the girls. They get meat, fruit, noodles, veggies, bread etc. They love it and come RUNNING when I bring their treats! Plus the kitchen staff is glad it isn’t going in the trash and something else is benefiting from it. They are fat, sassy,spoiled, and happy girls! (Plus one rooster). 🙂

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