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Do chickens like orange peel?

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Just learning different things to feed chickens - so I just peeled an orange and started to put peel in compost bucket when I thought may be the girls would like this?  Yes/No may be so

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In my experience our chickens do not like any citrus stuff. It goes into the compost.

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No citrus for chickens.

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Our chickens love oranges but do not eat the peels. The will eat grapefruit but don't care for it as much. We have never had any problems arrise from feeding our citrus.

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mine will not touch citrus.  it grows freely here.  the deer eat it, the chickens don't

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My grandpa said that he thought that he heard chickens shouldn't eat orange peels.

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Originally Posted by tackyrama View Post
 

In my experience our chickens do not like any citrus stuff. It goes into the compost.

 In my experience nothing likes anything citrus. Not chickens, not ducks, geese, potbellied pigs, horses, not even goats (pigmy).  Leaves, fruit, rinds, they hate it all.:sick  It was the only garden/lawn litter we had to throw into the city compost bin.

 

Makes me wonder how the trees manage to spread their seeds anywhere.

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post #9 of 10

My girls will eat ANYTHING fruit or vegetable wise as long as it is chopped up or ground down to their size and sometimes I will mix it in with a cup of scratch or cracked corn, including orange and other citrus peels ( I am talking about the peel from one or two, not a bushel of peel gotten from a processing facility)!

A pound of citrus peel has about 432 calories (Calorieking.com) along with some vitamin C, and a study has shown that the oils in the peel cut down on harmful pathogens in their digestive tract (furrytips,com).

So as long as you have the time and the tools to grind or chop it up small enough for their crop, why throw away free food?


Edited by handydad - 12/9/16 at 1:01pm
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I've read citrus is bad for chickens, but not sure hu.gif I'd stay on the safe side and not feed them any oranges. I doubt they would like the taste anyways
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