Can Chickens Eat Hamburger?

Hamburgers are delicious and they are good for a picnic. 

If you have some leftover hamburgers, and you are raising chickens in the yard, you might be wondering if you can serve hamburgers to the chickens as a treat.

In this blog post, you are going to discover if it is good to serve hamburgers to the chickens or not. 

Can chickens eat hamburgers? Chickens can eat hamburger. You can serve hamburgers to the chickens as a treat. Chickens can eat raw and cooked hamburgers. 

Instead of tossing leftover hamburgers into the waste bin, you can simply serve them to the chickens as a treat. 

Are hamburgers safe for chickens?

Hamburgers are safe for the chickens. The chickens are capable of eating hamburgers irrespective of the methods you used to prepare them. 

Just make sure that you don’t feed them too much of hamburgers as it can lead to fat buildup in their body system if they consume it in excess.

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If you consume hamburgers regularly in your household, you can get a bucket to pack up all the leftovers. You can later serve them when you have enough in the bucket.

The only concern with hamburgers is the salt content. You have to take notice of this before you give hamburgers to the chickens.

Sodium, which is commonly present in most salt, is toxic to the body system of the chickens. 

Hamburgers can only be harmful to the chickens if it happens that the salt content in them is noticeable very well.

In order to be more certain about this, I asked some other pet owners about feeding hamburgers to the chickens.

Only a few out of all those who I asked have never tried out hamburgers on the chickens. Majority of them said that their chickens eat hamburgers without showing any sign of sickness.

A member of the backyard chicken forum said she usually serves her 17 year old hens some hamburgers and they show great affection. 

Another one said he has been serving table scraps which include hamburgers to the chickens and they usually enjoy it anytime he serves them. 

Can chickens eat cooked hamburgers?

The chickens can eat cooked hamburgers. It is even better to serve cooked hamburgers  to the chickens than raw ones. 

Raw grinded meat usually contains Salmonella, which can cause a serious effect in the body system of the chickens if they consume it.

This salmonella can be passed into their eggs if it happens that the chickens are in the egg production phase. This can easily be passed from the chickens to humans. 

The cooking process will help to minimise the presence of Salmonella and other microbes on the raw hamburgers. 

How do I introduce hamburgers to my chickens?

Introducing hamburgers to the chickens should not be complicated as they are carnivorous in nature. 

The chickens are capable of eating slug, spider, crickets, grasshoppers, roaches etc while they are browsing around. They wouldn’t find it comfortable eating hamburgers when you introduce hamburgers to them. 

You can start small by giving them a little amount of hamburgers to see how they are going to react towards it. 

Chickens are likely to look for more when you finish the little hamburger you serve them. When this happens, you should try and hold on. This will help to increase their appetite and look for more.

Then you can gradually increase the amount you give them overtime once they are familiar with the taste of the hamburger

How often do I feed my chickens with hamburgers?

Now that you know you can serve hamburgers to the chickens as a treat, this does not mean that you should go all out and start serving hamburgers to the chickens all the time.

Hamburgers are a treat for the chickens, so you don’t serve it regularly. The best thing is to serve the hamburger once in a while.

You are bound to have a lot of leftovers if it happens that you consume hamburgers regularly in your house.

You might be tempted to serve the leftover hamburgers to the chickens all the time due to the level of turnover you produce in your house. 

Hamburgers should not be served to the chickens more than two times in a week even if you have them in abundance at your disposal. 

Can chicks eat hamburgers?

Hamburgers can be served to the chickens once they are 12 weeks old and above. 

Never make an attempt to serve hamburgers to the chickens that are still very young. Chicks need lots of protein at an early stage in order to grow faster and develop a good amount of feathers within a short time.

The feed you are going to serve the chicks must contain a high proportion of protein which should not be less than 15% of the composition of nutritional facts of the feed.

Can chickens survive on hamburgers alone? 

It is not advisable to serve hamburgers alone to the chickens for a long period of time even when there is a food emergency. 

There is no doubt in the fact that chickens need more protein in their body system, but it can be very difficult for them to process when they have it in large quantities in their body systems as a result of consuming hamburgers regularly. 

You are also going to deprive them of other essential nutrients in their body systems if you feed only hamburgers to the chickens.

Can hamburgers affect the eggs laid by chickens?

Hamburgers can have a great effect on the eggs laid by the chickens if you feed them with raw hamburgers. 

Raw hamburgers contain some pathogens which are capable of causing serious sickness in chickens and can also affect their eggs.

Why are my chickens not eating hamburgers?

It is possible to have some chickens rejecting the hamburgers you serve them. There is nothing to worry about if it happens to one of your chickens.

The chickens might have a common denominator, but they still maintain unique body systems which make them react slightly differently to common feed or treat you serve them. 

Other treats you can serve the chickens

These are some other treats you can serve the chickens beside hamburgers.


Mangoes are one of the healthy treats you can serve the chickens. Mangoes provide the chickens with vitamin A and vitamin C. The chickens cannot eat the peel of the mango.


Watermelon is another treat which you can serve the chickens if you have them at your disposal. Chickens are also capable of eating the rind of watermelon.


You can also serve potatoes to the chickens as a treat. Potatoes provide the chickens with fibre which is essential for their digestion. Take off the peelings before you serve potatoes to the chickens.


Carrots are also good for the chickens. Chickens derive vitamin A from eating carrots. You can dick the carrot into smaller pieces for easy consumption by the chickens. 


Chickens can eat hamburgers. You can serve the chickens with raw and cooked hamburgers. It is preferable to serve the cooked hamburgers to the chickens as they are safe and more healthy for the chickens.