Food Waste – An argument for a Bard Chicken Coop

This post is covering the article: “Kitchen Scraps to Backyard Chickens”.

The purpose of this article is to give us a chance to think about what it might look like to have chickens catching some of the food waste in the stream before it hits compost.

The first question: what can chickens “catch”?

“Among their favorites are bakery items (even stale bread), rice, wilted salad greens, cooked vegetables, popcorn, beef or pork scraps, fish skin, fruit, cheese, yogurt, and cottage cheese.”

Wilted salad greens is a good one – if people don’t finish salad greens in time for their peak freshness – then feed them to the chickens! Perfect!

Cooked veggies is also a good one. My only concern would be the sodium content. From various blogs and sources I’ve read – sodium is at least something to be cautious about, likewise, however in human consumption.

The article does state that “[c]hickens have an amazing ability to choose foods that provide a healthy balanced diet. As long as they have food choice, they’ll avoid items that might be poisonous, inedible, or cause digestive problems.”

The article does warn: “Be cautious about feeding too many scraps to chickens. Kitchen waste generated by a family of four people is a good amount for five or six hens, but bringing in a huge quantity of waste food from a cafeteria could cause the birds to overindulge and attract unwanted pests.”

This makes me think that if Kline did have chickens, someone observing and managing their food would be important.

The article has more in depth info. Any thoughts?




One thought on “Food Waste – An argument for a Bard Chicken Coop”

  1. I think this is super doable. However, two concerns would be (1) do chickens need to be slaughtered by USDA organic certified slaughterhouses and if so, how much foresight does that require and how much money? and (2) where would they go in the winter? How much is it for wintertime infrastructure, monetarily and energy-wise?
    Otherwise, this could be a really cool exercise in producing more awareness about where our food comes from. I would also guess that a lot of Bard students would be up for work-study jobs involving chicken care (esp. those that are “laid-off” from the Bard Farm during the winter).

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