Let’s be honest for a second. Cheese isn’t exactly the healthiest thing in the world. It is pretty much just fat and protein mixed together. Humans are often told to keep the consumption of cheese to the minimum. That being said, cheese still has a couple of benefits. You probably wouldn’t want to cut it out of your diet. That being said, the question here isn’t really whether humans can eat cheese. It is can chickens eat cheese?
We are going to take a little look at that on this page.
Can Chickens Eat Cheese?
Yes, chickens can eat cheese. Generally speaking, they can eat everything that we can eat as well, even meat.
In fact, it is probably good to have a bit of cheese in their diet on occasion. Not too much. You still want to keep it to the minimum, but a small amount of cheese certainly wouldn’t go amiss.
This is all down to the fact that cheese is high in protein. Ridiculously high. Every single living being needs protein in their diet, and chickens are no exception to that rule.
Protein will help them to grow eggs (protein is a vital component during this process), and during the chicken’s molting process, the chickens need an astonishing amount of protein in their diet so that they can continue to grow feathers and so they, ultimately, can end the molting process as soon as they possibly can.
Not only this, but the protein is casein. This can help to eliminate certain health issues in chickens. For example, it can help to reduce their blood pressure, and it may even help to combat certain health conditions. Basically, it is incredibly useful.
That fat may even come in useful to an extent.
Obviously, you do not want to have your chickens over indulging on fat, but getting a small amount into their diet is going to be a good start. Every living being also needs fat in their diet. It helps them to stay warm, and it forms a vital part of several processes in the chicken’s system.
On top of all of this, there will also be a few extra nutrients thrown into the mix. This certainly can’t be bad for the chickens, right?
How Can You Feed Your Chickens Cheese?
Chickens can eat cheese, however, we want to make it 100% clear here. When we are talking about giving chickens a bit of cheese, we are talking about feeding them actual cheese, we are not talking about cheese flavored items.
We have no idea how that is going to fit into their diet.
We recommend that you cube the cheese up into smaller chunks. It is going to be better for your chickens if you are trying to prevent them from overindulging. By cubing it up, you can also mix the cheese up with other bits of food, and your chickens will probably love that!
Do bear in mind that you shouldn’t be feeding your chickens that much cheese each week. It needs to be kept to the absolute minimum. You will want to adjust other protein sources accordingly. Too much protein in their diet is not going to be a good thing!