Weetabix is a popular cereal in the UK, and I eat it most days with milk. I love how crunchy it is. But can chickens eat Weetabix?
The answer is a resounding “YES.” Now, if you’d asked me just a few years ago, I would have said NO WAY. But the truth is that chickens can eat many things that you probably wouldn’t have thought of before.
In this article, we will cover topics like:
- Can Chickens eat Weetabix? *nutrients and mixes*
- What does Weetabix taste like? *humans love it*
- What other cereals can chickens eat? *Cheerios, Shredded wheat*
- Can chickens eat breakfast cereal?
- Is it ok to feed dry or outdated cereal? *chicken keeper opinion included*
- What food can chickens not eat? *avocado peels, onions, garlic, chocolate and more*
Can Chickens Eat Weetabix? *nutrient and mixes
Chickens are omnivores and can eat a variety of foods, including eggs, meat, and plants.
They also enjoy a treat every now and then, just like humans. If you have Weetabix in stock, you can give it to your chickens as a treat. They will love it!
But don’t forget the rule for feeding chickens – 90/10, 90% is chicken feed, and 10% for some other treats like Weetabix.
If you want to give your chickens Weetabix as a treat, it’s best to do so in moderation and feed them a balanced diet to ensure they get all the nutrients they need.
Chicken feed also provides important vitamins like vitamin A which helps prevent diseases like blindness or night blindness in birds who don’t get enough of it from their diet.
How aged should be chickens before I feed them Weetabix?
Chickens should be at least 4 weeks old before they start eating solids.
The reason for this is that they need to have a healthy digestive system first.
If they eat solids too early, their digestive system will not be developed enough and they could get sick from it or even die from it.
What does Weetabix taste like? important also for humans!
Weetabix is a brand of breakfast cereal manufactured by the British food company Weetabix Limited. The most common products are made from whole wheat and high-fiber bran that have been cooked, flattened, and toasted.
In America, we call it shredded wheat, but it’s flakier and has a more wheaty nutty sweet flavor~
It’s got a different texture, more crumbly… it’s nummy.. you can munch it dry or crumble it in warm milk for cream of wheat type dish.~ backyard chicken keeper 2022~
What other cereals can chickens eat?
Cereals are a great way to get your chickens some extra nutrients and fiber. But what are the best cereals for chickens? Are there any cereals that chickens cannot eat?
The answer is yes, there are some cereals that chickens shouldn’t eat. You should avoid giving your chickens sugary cereals such as Frosted Flakes or Fruit Loops. These types of cereals have added sugars and artificial colors that can make your chicken sick if they eat too much of them.
If you do want to feed your chicken cereal, try to stick with healthy options like Cheerios or Shredded wheat. Cereal that contains wheat will give your chicken extra protein, while oatmeal will give them extra fiber and minerals like iron and zinc.
If you’re looking for other types of grains, faro and cornmeal are also good choices because they’re high in vitamins and minerals as well as protein.
Can chickens get diarrhea from Cheerios?
Overeating is the most common cause of diarrhea.
So yes, you should pay attention to how much Cheerios you’re giving your chickens because they can get diarrhea.
Can chickens eat Cream of Wheat?
Cream of Wheat is a tasty treat that you can give to your chickens in small amounts. It’s not meant to be the main part of their diet, but it can be a nice addition.
You should never skip their regular chicken feed in favor of Cream of Wheat, because they need all the nutrients they get from their regular food in order to stay healthy and strong.
As you can see from the picture above, Cream of Wheat contains 30% iron. That’s why we suggest sticking with the regular chicken feed because overfeeding them with iron can lead to health toxicity.
Though, giving them a “treat” in a while won’t hurt them.
Can chickens eat breakfast cereal?
It turns out that the answer is yes. However, you should be cautious when feeding them breakfast cereal.
Chickens can eat breakfast cereal, but there are a few things to consider before putting it in their bowl.
For example, the amount of sugar in a serving of cereal can cause obesity and hyperactivity in chickens.
For us, humans, it’s obvious that is ok to eat every day, but for chickens is not the same case.
Although breakfast cereals contain lots of carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals, they don’t have much protein or fat.
This can cause problems for chickens because they need these things in their diet to stay healthy and grow big and strong.
If your chicken has a balanced diet with plenty of protein and fat, then it’s okay to give him some cereal as a treat now and then. Just don’t make it a daily habit!
Is it ok to feed dry or outdated cereal? *people statements included
Yes, chickens won’t find a problem eating dry cereal. In fact, they will love it. But, as we mentioned above, don’t overdo it!
Outdated cereal is also not a problem for chickens. As long as there are no signs of mold or any other type of spoilage, your chickens will be able to eat them without any problem at all.
Some opinions from chicken keepers around the world:
Mine go nutty over rice crispies and cheerios! I would be careful with the frosted flakes though. To much sugar at one time, might not be a good thing. Just give them in moderation and all should be well.
I feed mine plain Cherrio’s as a snack …they love it !!
It’s fine, but considering the sugar I would say that it depends on how much cereal and how many chickens. I wouldn’t feed a whole or even half a box to 3 or 4 girls, not all at once. Just a little here and there.
I feed my girls the cereal thats gone stale, and stale crackers. They love it.
How to feed dry cereal to your chickens?
You can feed dry cereal to your chickens by mixing them with their regular food or giving them separately if they are not hungry enough.
If you are mixing them with their regular food, make sure that you do it slowly and gradually so that they get used to this new type of food gradually.
Is chocolate cereal bad or safe for chickens?
There are numerous chocolate-type cereals, like:
- Chocolate Frosted Flakes
- Cocoa Pebbles
- Cocoa Krispies
- Cookie Crisp
To keep our chickens healthy, we avoid giving them anything related to chocolate. And you should too! You should avoid all these types of cereal.
Below is a list of foods that chickens should not eat.
What food can chickens not eat?
Some types of food are more potentially harmful to chickens than others.
It’s safe to say that most of us love our chickens, so we want to give them only the best.
Chickens are picky eaters, but there are a few things that they absolutely shouldn’t eat.
Here is a list of some of the foods that should be avoided:
- raw potato
- Citrus Fruits
- Uncooked Rice or Uncooked Beans
Potatoes are very high in starch, which makes them fattening. They are also rich in vitamins B6 and C, which is good for poultry health. However, potatoes contain solanine, a toxic substance that can damage the nervous system if consumed in large quantities over time.
Avocados are not toxic to chickens but they can cause digestive problems when fed in large amounts. Their leaves and bark contain persin, a fungicidal toxin that can cause heart failure in birds if eaten in large quantities over time. The fruit itself is not toxic but the pit contains traces of persin so it should be removed before feeding it to your birds.
Chocolate contains caffeine and sugar which can be harmful to chickens if eaten in large amounts over time. It also contains theobromine, an alkaloid stimulant that may be fatal if consumed by birds in large quantities over time. It’s best not to feed any chocolate products (including cocoa powder) to your chickens at all!
The onion is one of the most common toxic foods for chickens. It can lead to life-threatening anemia, which means that your chicken’s red blood cells are low in number. Chickens with this condition have pale mucous membranes, a decreased appetite and lethargy. If you suspect your chicken has onion poisoning, see a veterinarian immediately. There’s no cure for this condition, but there are treatments available that can help ease symptoms until the anemia clears up on its own.
Chickens aren’t too fond of garlic either. Garlic is toxic to chickens because it contains a compound called thiosulfate ion, which causes hemolytic anemia in birds. The effect on poultry is similar to onion poisoning, but garlic also causes neurological problems in birds such as paralysis or muscle tremors — sometimes even death. Garlic also causes diarrhea in birds as well as gastrointestinal irritation, so if your flock eats lots of garlic and starts acting strange (i.e., vomiting or having diarrhea), take them to the vet right away!
Citrus fruits contain a substance called limonene, which can be toxic to poultry. Lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruits should never be fed to your birds.
Chickens can eat all kinds of vegetables and fruit, including apples, bananas, peaches, plums, tomatoes and grapes.
Uncooked rice or Uncooked beans
Chickens also shouldn’t eat uncooked rice or uncooked beans (including soybeans). These foods contain compounds called lectins that are toxic to chickens if eaten in large quantities.
For this question, we have a separate blog post on 10 things you should not feed your chickens!
We’ve established that chickens can eat Weetabix, and they’ll likely enjoy it. In fact, they’d probably prefer Weetabix to the chewy, puffed wheat found in their regular chicken feed.
And if you happen to have some leftover oatmeal or cornflakes lying around your pantry, you can feed it to your chickens as well!
They’re delicious, healthy treats they’ll gobble up without hesitation.
With very little effort, you can create a great snack for your chickens to enjoy.
Best of all, the food will not go to waste! Whatever you don’t use yourself can be fed to pigs or cows.