Chickens Are Omnivores

Chickens are omnivores.  That means that they, just like people, will eat just about anything.

I was in the barnyard when I noticed the buff hen was going after something.   She was working hard at pecking it, which caught my attention.  I thought at first that it was a scrap of cloth or something like that.  I got closer and saw that it was a small frog!  She was playing with  the frog like a cat plays with a mouse.

Buff hen  roosting on her perch.

Killer chicken resting on her perch.

The frog was tossed into the air, then neat as can be, the chicken plucked the frog up with her beak and swallowed it.  I guess that hen got her protein for the day.

Chickens spend most of their day scratching the ground to turn up things to eat.  Chicken feet are well adapted to continually scratching up the dirt.

Chicken feet grasping a perching pole in the coop.

Giant, powerful chicken feet.

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3 Responses to Chickens Are Omnivores

  1. elise michelle says:

    I guess the frog “croaked”?

    • Patrick says:

      I guess so. I asked he chicken about the experience afterward but she couldn’t tell me too much. She sounded like she had a frog in her throat……

      Then I picked the chicken up so I could listen more closely. I heard a faint sound coming from inside the hen. It went “dot dot croak, dot dot croak”. I guess he was a Morse toad?

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