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Feeding grapes to your chickens

post #1 of 13
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Is it safe for chickens and ducks to eat grapes?

1 "hard working" Dad, 1 "can never get everything done " Mom, 15 yr old son, 14 yr old daughter, 1 dog (Chocolate Lab), 1 old cat, 14 RIR Chickens, 3 Silver Lakenvelders, 5 Delawares, 4 Barred Rocks, 40 Mallard Ducks and still adding to the collection. NOW YOU KNOW WHY WE ARE  "  ALL QUACKED UP"   
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1 "hard working" Dad, 1 "can never get everything done " Mom, 15 yr old son, 14 yr old daughter, 1 dog (Chocolate Lab), 1 old cat, 14 RIR Chickens, 3 Silver Lakenvelders, 5 Delawares, 4 Barred Rocks, 40 Mallard Ducks and still adding to the collection. NOW YOU KNOW WHY WE ARE  "  ALL QUACKED UP"   
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post #2 of 13

Mine love grapes, but they love them so much that they WILL swallow them whole in a feeding frenzy, or to keep the others from getting them, so they can be a choking hazard.

I always cut my grapes up, as I do have a piggy hen named Lily that actually did choke and would have actually choked to death on it had I not been there to smack her and get it down.  That is why I always cut mine, cuz of my silly Lily.  Before that, never realized a bird COULD choke.

post #3 of 13

Grapes are also one my girls favorites and I too cut them in half.

post #4 of 13

Yup! I cut mine as well. I also cut grape tomatoes up ... just seems yummier that way!
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2 Cats Indoors, and 8 Pullets Outdoors:)
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2 Cats Indoors, and 8 Pullets Outdoors:)
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post #5 of 13

My ladies' fave treat. I don't cut, but there's a grapevine that drops ripe grapes into the yard all fall, so they seem to know to pierce them before swallowing.

Used to be just 3, but chicken math has happened here at Casa Kerfluffle.
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Used to be just 3, but chicken math has happened here at Casa Kerfluffle.
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post #6 of 13

My Dellies love them - I have only tried green seedless grapes and I quarter them, as mine are only 12 weeks old.

BBS Orpingtons, Heritage Delawares, New Hampshires and a motley crew of hens with colored eggs
A proud member of SDWD - Society for Delaware World Domination.
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BBS Orpingtons, Heritage Delawares, New Hampshires and a motley crew of hens with colored eggs
A proud member of SDWD - Society for Delaware World Domination.
Preserve and promote the wonderful Delaware: 
www.BeausejourFarms.com
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post #7 of 13

i take the red grapes off my FIL's vine so they wouldn't attract rats, the only thing i can poss think is that if the grapes are on the vine too long they can ferment, so you could end up with a drunk flock!

post #8 of 13

A relative gave me a big bucket of small grapes last summer.   The chickens acted like it was the greatest treat they ever had.  The grapes were very small and so I did not cut them in half.

1 Silver Laced Wyandotte, 2 Gold Laced Wyandotte, 1 BLRW, 1 Columbian Wyandotte, 4 Rhode Island Red, 6 Easter Eggers, 3 Barred Rock, 3 Welsummer, 2 Buff Orpington, 2 White Leghorn, 2 Brown Leghorn, 3 Gold Sex Links, 2 Delaware, 1 Mixed Maran.    And a partridge in a pear tree... (just kidding on the partridge).
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1 Silver Laced Wyandotte, 2 Gold Laced Wyandotte, 1 BLRW, 1 Columbian Wyandotte, 4 Rhode Island Red, 6 Easter Eggers, 3 Barred Rock, 3 Welsummer, 2 Buff Orpington, 2 White Leghorn, 2 Brown Leghorn, 3 Gold Sex Links, 2 Delaware, 1 Mixed Maran.    And a partridge in a pear tree... (just kidding on the partridge).
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post #9 of 13

Feeding grapes is hysterical! (One at a time) There is nothing like a game of "chicken grape rugby". Puts the kids in stitches every time.

post #10 of 13

I used to cut grapes up before feeding them to the chickens, then I saw a few of them swallow whole figs and stopped cutting up the grapes.

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, bredas 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, bredas and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

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