Feed scraps only straight from the gar­den

Your Chickens - - Ask The Vet -

QHas the law changed on feed­ing scraps yet?

AVic­to­ria says: It is still il­le­gal to feed lay­ing hens any food­stuff that has been in a do­mes­tic or com­mer­cial kitchen and it will re­main so due to the high risk of dis­ease trans­fer­ence. This is so that any pathogens (eg campy­lobac­ter) that may be bought (or brought) in on com­mer­cial chicken meat or other food does not get trans­ferred to your hens and thus their eggs, there­fore pro­tect­ing your fam­ily. If you have a veg­etable gar­den or al­lot­ment, you can take sur­plus veg­eta­bles di­rectly to the hens, but not if the plants have been in your kitchen first.

Any food­stuff that has been pre­pared in the kitchen can­not be fed to chick­ens

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