Chickens can eat both the green cauliflower leaves and the white curd or heart and it is fine either raw or cooked. The best way to feed cauliflower to chickens is to hang the whole plant in the run and let them peck at it as and when they want to.
Below: Here is my egg flock eating a whole cauliflower.
My chickens go nuts for cauliflower. I have a backyard garden and grow a considerable amount of my own veggies and give my hens all the cauliflower leaves and trimmings when I harvest and If any Cauli's go over and start to flower then the chickens get the whole plant.
Can chickens eat raw cauliflower?
Cauliflower can be fed cooked or raw.
It will be softer cooked and they will eat it faster that way. I prefer to leave it whole rather than chop it up and cook it.
Can chickens eat cauliflower greens?
The leaves of the cauliflower are edible and a measure of green foods in the diet is very good for chickens overall long term health.
I grow my own every year and the hens get the leftover leaves every time. it makes a special treat in winter when greens are short.
Is cauliflower healthy for chickens?
According to the USDA, 100 grams of cauliflower contains 92 grams of water, 4.9 grams of Carbohydrate, 1.9 grams of Protein, 0.2 grams of fat and trace vitamins and minerals including Vitamin C and K as well as Potassium.
Cauliflower is a healthy treat for chickens but it won't be good in large amounts or fed too often. At 22mcg, the calcium content of cauliflower is a benefit to laying hens.
Below: The real value in feeding chickens cauliflower is pecking entertainment.
Can baby chicks have cauliflower?
I personally would avoid giving baby chicks or growing anything other than their chick crumb. It takes a little time for their systems to grow big enough to be able to process vegetable matter like adult chickens do.
Will feeding my chickens cauliflower make their eggs taste bad?
Neither the green leaves or the white curd of the cauliflower will effect the taste of the eggs or the frequency of lay.
Can chickens have cauliflower cheese?
Cauliflower cheese often contains high levels of fat and salt which may upset the digestive balance of your chickens. Small quantities of cooked products like cauliflower cheese will be fine but large amounts will leave your hens short of protein in their diet.