Food Waste In America – Chickens Love Cantaloupes

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This past week there was quite the assortment of discarded fruits and vegetables in the “chicken scrap” boxes Mr. Produce Guy sets aside for us each week.

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The chickens scored big with a huge box of cantaloupe melons. Most of the melons were about a day or two past their prime, but the chickens didn’t seem to mind one bit.

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Being able to supplement their chicken feed once or twice a week with scraps from our garden and Mr. Produce Guy has really helps us to cut down on our feed bill over the past year and a half. Maybe next year I’ll keep track of how much it costs to keep a flock of backyard chickens. Then again, I have a lot on my plate already, so we’ll see.
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Awkward Martha didn’t have to share. ;)

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After sorting through the boxes, here’s what we kept:

  • 8 bananas
  • 7 apples
  • 5 pears
  • 3 sweet peppers
  • 2 melons
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 head of cauliflower

Not to shabby for free. :)

~Mavis

Would you like to see what else we have brought home over the past year?

Head on over HERE to read all the past stories and to see all the pictures.

If you have just stumbled upon this series and are wondering how I got all this food for free, you’ll want to read this story first.

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  1. Practical Parsimony says:

    My chickens love cantaloupe, too. Anytime I am not eating at home, I ask for scraps–church dinners, fast food, restaurants, church dinners. I also watched a food demonstration where the vegetables were scraped into the trash. I never buy food for my hens. It works for me. Of course, I only have two hens and only one lays regularly. The other is old and lays an egg about once a month now that there is less light.

  2. Wow look at all of those cucks. You cannot find them at our Meijer store. I buy in the winter months from Aldi

  3. This week, our big haul was watermelon, canteloupe, bananas and spinach!

  4. Excellent!
    We scored 4 boxes of abandoned CSA shares. The weather was bad and no one showed to pick them up, so they were passed on to us. Lots of greens,herbs,root veggies and garlic.

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