Our heritage Sommerlad chicken have an unlimited access to the outdoors, they are very strong foragers. Eating whatever the come across, different grasses, worms, grasshoppers, bugs…
While in the brood our chicks are given a nutritionally balanced crumble with no soy products, which they have access to all their life.
When the chickens are three weeks old we also supplement their diet with a combination of wheat, corn, barley, sorghum and sunflower seeds. The whole grains and grit from the soil naturally improves their gizzard development and gut health.
Being jungle birds originally, they would have had a very diverse range in their diet which would have included grains.
Everything is a free choice system allowing them to eat whatever they would like when the would like to.
Chickens are omnivores, they have the ability to eat and survive on both plant and animal matter. Obtaining energy and nutrients from plant and animal matter, omnivores digest carbohydrates, protein, fat, and fibre, chickens are not naturally vegetarians.