Chicken Video!
Will They Eat It??

Chickens will eat almost anything.  With the operative word being “almost”.  There are a few things that my chickens technically should love, but collectively turn their beaks up at.

So every once in a while I’ll be bringing you episodes of “Will They Eat it”.

Please enjoy.

Will They Eat It


The first instalment of the new series, Will They Eat it? What will the chickens eat?

Stay tuned for more episodes of “Will They Eat it?” in the future.


  1. Dawn says:

    This is the funniest thing I have seen in a long time! I look forward to #5!

  2. Joann says:

    “Santa” put a bag of Freeze Dried Mealworm Treats (yes, they really sell these) in my stocking for my 3 hens. WOW! This was the best Christmas ever for the hens; they LOVED them. Too pricey to give out all the time, but every now and then it’s fun. I didn’t know chickens could smile!

  3. Daphne says:

    I have 3 chicken coops. In 2 of them live easy going hens. Rooster says eat, hens eat. No problemo. In the 3th coop however, we have the Lakenvelder hens (black and white hens, google knows ‘m best), and they don’t care what the rooster says, they don’t like weird chunky human food. Apple is ok, but only if you cut it in tiny pieces. Bread is ok, but only in crumbs. Any other human food is out of the question. You can try to feed it, but they will complain. Loud and clear.

  4. Marcie says:

    I saw this on another blog today and I immediately thought of you, Karen. Don’t know if you’ve seen it. A chicken coop calendar! Free download! Check it out:

  5. Angela, London. says:

    Hi Karen,
    When I read the title ‘Will they eat it?’ I thought uh oh – chicken is on this week’s menu! I once stayed with a friend in New Zealand who was left in charge of his parent’s chickens for the weekend. He’d run out of grain so had fed them the Sunday dinner leftovers. He’s a bit on the ditsy side and more metro-sexual than farm boy so I had a bad feeling about asking what he’d had for dinner – yup – roast chicken. so wrong. x

  6. Laura says:

    more, more, MORE!!! this made me laugh hysterically in munich!

    • Karen says:

      Laura! – Glad to see you back here. I was actually thinking about you yesterday! Hope your tour is going great. Eat sensibly and get lots of rest. (??? not really sure what to advise someone who’s on tour) ~ karen!

      • Laura says:

        Oh don’t worry…I’m always lurking around here, laughing and learning and wishing I could grow up and be cool like you. The tour is great! Headed back to the U.S. tomorrow morning to begin work on our next album. Hoping the next tour cycle brings us up your way. I need to see these chickens eat polenta in person! :)

  7. Jenny says:

    I’m glad the chickens liked the polenta. I, on the other hand, HATE polenta. Good thing I’m not a chicken.

  8. bex says:

    Maybe this is true… Hens lay bigger and better eggs if they think a day is 28 hours long.

  9. Alison says:

    The most recent “This American Life” on NPR has THE funniest story about a man’s deep love of an illegal pet rooster. Not that there are many other stories about rooster love, but if there were, this one would win top honors. I immediately thought of your questionably legal chicks, and thought you would enjoy it. It’s the last act of the show; I hope you laugh as hard as I did!

  10. Gayla T says:

    This may get a bit more boring as it progresses as said before, chickens really will eat anything, including one another. I grew up on a farm and the chickens were my job. If the kids wouldn’t eat it and the dogs wouldn’t eat it the chickens got it. I’m thinking not coffee grounds but not much else will turn their beaks up. My problem was that the folks ordered a hundred chicks to go into the freezer. They do not march in there nicely and I was expected to help in the process. NOT! I was in deep chicken doo doo but I flatly refused to come out of my room on chicken day. I must have watched it once and the Nazis had nothing on my parents. I’ll say no more. I know someone does it and I sure do eat them but not this chickie! Next time I’ll tell you about pecking each others butts.

    • Karen says:

      Gayla T – Gross. Anyhooo .. the chickens really do refuse certain things. Things you’d never think they’d refuse. They’re weird little chickens, mine. ~ k

  11. Carla Barnes says:

    “Hey, you got a little bit on your face there – let me get it – yeah, that’s better.” Excellent fun video – the Fella’s narration, peppy music, lots of action. The title reminded me of David Letterman’s “Will it Float” series, but yours is much higher energy. Looking forward to the next food!

  12. kelliblue says:

    and they pecked the platter clean! Wow…I think they dug it…they looked somewhat ‘what the–?’ when you took away the bowl it was in, lol!

  13. OhJenny says:

    Love it! Of course they were stoked… polenta must’ve been corn manna for the ladies… of course, my first thought was that ‘well, of course they’re excited, they don’t even need to chew it…’ But then again, chickens don’t really CHEW, now, do they? Hmmph.

    And actually my fave part of the whole thing was the MUSIC!!! Hilarious!

  14. Langela says:

    I watched once when ours chased, caught, and ate a mouse.

  15. FlagirlinTN says:

    Now that you’re cooking them gourmet meals they will never go back to Chicken Chow!

  16. carolmcc says:

    i’m telling mom you put her good dish in the hen house.

  17. Carole McGinnis says:

    I love seeing the girls – I have missed them. Too funny how they try to get extra from their sister’s faces.

  18. what fun! I’m eager to see what’s next in this series.
    I’d love to have chickens myself but my garden is something of a thoroughfare for the neighbourhood urban foxes (they frequently bring me shoes and gloves and they stole the cap for my rotary airer spike).

  19. Susan says:

    Yup, they eat almost everything. NOT pineapple husks though. (Neighbor tried that.)
    Isn’t polenta made from corn? Yummy for the Chickies.
    I love and appreciate how clean you keep their pen! You’re a good Mom. :)

  20. Nicole2 says:

    This series is definitely a keeper!!!

  21. Nancy says:

    Great idea Karen..I look forward to future episodes..

  22. Ron says:

    Where did you get the bowl? I have a set of 4 and managed to chip one in the dishwasher. Can’t for the life of me remember exactly where I purchased them. I would have thought either Home Hardware or Dollerama but couldn’t find any there last week. Could be that they were a one off. Perhaps you have another source?

    • Karen says:

      Hey Ron! Dollarama, but I got them years ago! – karen.

      • Ron says:

        Damn, must be where I got mine years ago as well. I was hoping that you may have found another source. I use them as soup bowls, the handle doesn’t get hot when soup is heated up in the microwave.

        • Freddie says:

          If it has a brand name on the back, you might try looking for them on ebay. . Another spot would be you local Goodwill store. They always have a lot of misc. china. I have an old Oster Kitchen center and I found the Ice Cream attachment at Goodwill, all parts, still in the box. I already had one, but since they don’t make them anymore I grabbed it. You can never have enough Ice Cream..:-)

  23. Jenn says:

    Oh, this will be a fun feature!

    Yay Chickens!

  24. jennifer says:

    well of course they love polenta! it’s bloody corn! corn in every form is zen when you’re a hen!

  25. Brenda j says:

    Raising chickens is a great photo on the front of a magazine I saw yesterday at Blawblaws. I wish I could think of the name of it…but I did think of you Karen. I believe the mag is about hobby farms, suburb type “farms” ???? You probably already get it.
    Sorry, Fibro-fog-at-50

  26. Barbara Q says:

    You crack me up!!!

  27. Bridget says:

    Yesterday on NPR (Splendid Table) I heard a lovely piece talking about raising urban backyard chickens and of course thought of you!

    I think they should have interviewed YOU!

    By the end of the piece, I was definitely considering raising some chickens in my backyard. Now, my dog and family may have a few things to say about this, but what the heck! If I have 3 chickens that are very calm and lay golf ball size eggs then there can’t be too many complaints.

    Question, the lady being interviewed said that it takes about 10 min in both the morning and evening to check on them and feed/water them. So, 20 min. a day. Weekend is “clean coop” time and that takes about 30 min. Does that sound pretty accurate to you about the amount of care required? What do you do about sick chickens? Does a regular vet see them if they are ill?

    Thanks, and I LOVE reading your blog each morning!

    Considering the coop,

    • Karen says:

      Hi Bridget – The numbers sound just about right, but there are other things to consider. Like running to get the feed from the feed store, making sure every so often that their water is unfrozen in the winter, and washing their feeders and waterers. Plus there’s a little bit of maintaining the coop. Checking for drafts, that sort of thing. If I were talking about a time commitment I’d say it’s a bit more than a dog, but less than a child. :) A lot of chicken ailments the owner takes care of themselves. You can buy antibiotics at your local feed store as well as things to get rid of mites and such. Mainly the chicken owner takes care of the health of the chicken, but you can have a vet look at them as well. Also, chickens are fun. A lot of fun. They’re incredibly entertaining and addictive. Sometimes I sit outside on a bale of straw and just watch them. I highly recommend getting chickens for those who are willing to take on all the responsibilities of caring for them. ~ karen!

    • Ann says:

      And you must consider costs before you get started. the coop Karen built, and the one I built end up on the pretty pricey side. But it is a once in a life time expense and i just basically wrote that off in my mind. My 3 hens are now giving me more eggs than it is costing me in supplies, if I ignore the initial start up expenses.

      But as Karen said, I love to just watch my 3 hens and 2 roosters. They keep me in stitches observing all their habits. But mine are not quite so ready to try new foods. it takes them awhile but then they tend to go crazy. Watermelon really took them awhile. But now they fight over it.

  28. amy mills says:

    nice, but in alabama we call those grits:)

  29. Barbie says:

    OK! So they WILL! Your chickens have good taste! I LOVE polenta, it’s one of my favorite things! Smart chickens if you ask me!

  30. marilyn says:

    LMAO im still laughing…and the fella’s a star too!

  31. cred says:

    loved the fella’s intro!

  32. Michelle says:

    Too funny! They have good taste! Hmmm, gourmet chickens….Maybe they could end up being judges on Iron Chef!

  33. Karena says:

    Too funny I love your new series!

    Art by Karena

  34. Holly says:

    Pickles!!! Do pickles next!!

  35. Laura Bee says:

    Chicken kisses!

  36. Violet says:

    So not only will they eat it … apparently they’ll also eat each other’s faces off after they eat it. I bet people would pay good money to see a a passel of faceless polenta-eating chickens. (I would.)

  37. Aw Karen thanks so much for adding text – I have no speakers and at first I thought you were feeding them scrambled eggs!

  38. Susan says:

    Hey! Whadda doing’!! Where’d it go!

  39. Karen Eggleston says:

    My daughter drills a hole in a cabbage, runs a rope through it and hangs it just above her chickens heads. A meal and exercise at the same time.

  40. gloria says:

    Ha! I guessed right. Watched an episode of Doc Martin yesterday and whatya know, polenta is what the psychotic forest ranger feeds to his 6 foot tall squirrel friend. I figured if it was good enough for Anthony the Squirrel, why not Karen’s chickens?

  41. Marti says:

    So… in this video, we learn that the hens are very much like Human Hens, in that they A) seem to want what another hen has and B) seem to greatly enjoy taking a peck at each other.


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