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Can I feed my chickens partly moldy fruit?

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Will some mold on fruit, bread, etc. hurt my chickens?  I've got some strawberries that are starting to mold and I'm wondering whether to toss them to the chickens or into the compost.  Thanks for the feedback.

post #2 of 9

Everything I've seen/read says absolutely no mold.  I would toss it in the compost pile.  I think the general rule is that if you wouldn't eat it, don't give it to them (with the exception of worms/bugs).  If I'm wrong, someone with more experience correct me!

Proud mother of 1 15 year old jealous kitty cat (Alexander), 3 Buff Orpingtons (Buttercup, Blossom, and Pumpkin), 2 Barred Rocks (Pixie and Sophie), and one Light Brahma (Feathers) all received on March 30, 2009 from an online hatchery and doing well!  New additions: 2 EEs (Fifi and Lulu) and a Silver Laced Wyandotte (Starlight) born on April 29th, 2009
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Proud mother of 1 15 year old jealous kitty cat (Alexander), 3 Buff Orpingtons (Buttercup, Blossom, and Pumpkin), 2 Barred Rocks (Pixie and Sophie), and one Light Brahma (Feathers) all received on March 30, 2009 from an online hatchery and doing well!  New additions: 2 EEs (Fifi and Lulu) and a Silver Laced Wyandotte (Starlight) born on April 29th, 2009
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post #3 of 9

Fresh veggies and fruits as a rule dont tend to grow harmful molds. Breads tend to be safe when moldy, as well as cheese. Thats even for human consumption.

Within reason anything starting to mold should be fine for chickens. its when it starts to ferment that you should not bother with it.

If you're super concerned just trim the moldy spots off.

I've never read anything that says no mold. My chickens get moldy stuff on occasion and they are quite fine... although it might be good practice not to since SOME molds can be bad. but thats my personal experience.

post #4 of 9

I think it is OK. I do it. I give our chickens old fruit, bread, veggies. Anything left over, scraps, old foods beginning to mold....they eat it and are fine. I don't give them rotted stuff but a little old is OK IMO. I am no chicken expert yet either but my chickens are healthy and haven't been sick from it.

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'When she starts to twist, be more like Chris...pull your hat down tight and just LeDOUX IT - Good Ride Cowboy, Good Ride'          COWGIRL TOUGH     

I have the Need for Speed, so be fast or eat my dust!
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post #5 of 9

Well if it's not bad moldy I would trim and eat myself (others would be horrified at this, I know) so I'm sure my chickens could eat that.

If in doubt, just compost. You are still getting a benefit from the compost! No waste!

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One thing is for sure. The price of a dead hen is a dead pred.
Trapping the trap-savvy raccoon
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post #6 of 9

I wouldn't eat or feed anything with any mold. The effects can be subtle.

Pardon him Theodotus: he is a barbarian and thinks the customs of his tribe and island are the laws of nature. George Bernard Shaw
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Pardon him Theodotus: he is a barbarian and thinks the customs of his tribe and island are the laws of nature. George Bernard Shaw
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Originally Posted by Chicks_N_Horses 

I think it is OK. I do it. I give our chickens old fruit, bread, veggies. Anything left over, scraps, old foods beginning to mold....they eat it and are fine. I don't give them rotted stuff but a little old is OK IMO. I am no chicken expert yet either but my chickens are healthy and haven't been sick from it.


I think it's OK  too.

When you free range chicken they have to make a choice not to eat rotten or spoiled   things.    They pass this test  all the time.

My only concern  as to what  NOT to feed is:

No excessive salty  foods

No excessive  spicy stuff

No excessive  greasy stuff

An thing else I feed to them  including boiled potato peels and other  boiled veggies or part of veggies they can not tear apart  row.

Good  Lord  made birds  of meat   for us  to eat.
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Good  Lord  made birds  of meat   for us  to eat.
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post #8 of 9

I don't feed any of my animals food that I wouldn't eat myself.  Having said that, I can't control when the chooks find a half rotted apple or peach in the orchard.

If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people.
A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, cochins, sebrights, and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

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If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people.
A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, cochins, sebrights, and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

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post #9 of 9

My chickens have eaten - and survived w/o ill effects - moldy strawberries, bread, cheese, & so on.

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