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I'm confused about feeding my chickens cabbage. It's on the list as ok to feed, and I noticed posts about people feeding cabbage, but I clicked on one of the lists plants to avoid, and cabbage leaves were on it. Should I let them have it or not?

post #2 of 12

Mine are fine with lettuce but their laying slows when I give them straight cabbage.

I have no idea why.

They LOVE, LOVE, LOVE cauliflower (and broccoli) and it's leaves and they just keep a laying.

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post #3 of 12

I have no problem with cabbage. They love it.

post #4 of 12

I hang a small head of cabbage, lettuce or an ear of fresh corn in the coop and they love it, they will peck it down to nothing in a day. I also feed table scraps. All they have to see is a paper plate and they all come running.

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post #5 of 12

Cabbage is fine to feed to poultry.  So long as you're not trying to feed them ONLY cabbage it's not going to hurt them and will do them some good.

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post #6 of 12

I think my girls would go on strike if they didn't get their shredded cabbage ep
I run carrots, green cabbage, and purple cabbage through the food processor and serve them a heaping bowl every morning.  Its one of the few ways I've found to get fresh greens in their diet; especially since they can't really "free range" and keep their pens stripped of greenery D

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Passionate about my husband, my chickens, and my flower gardens (in that order).  Mom to quality, bearded Partridge, Blue, Splash, Porcelain, Black & Paint Silkies.  NPIP & AI cert. Memeber ASBC, APA, & ABA
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post #7 of 12

only thing I dont give my flock is onion other than that all table scrap goes to them and they eat all of it



if we have rice or salad with oil / dressing I usually rinse it to avoid giving them oil

post #8 of 12

Cabbage does contain small amounts of a substance that is not good for chickens or humans.  A whole lot of foods contain something that is not good for chickens or humans.  There was a recent story about a woman who ate a few pounds of Bok Choi every day and her thyroid eventually shut down.  I hate to think what that much roughage did to her digestive system. 

If you feed them massive amounts of anything, including cabbage and things related to cabbage, then they could have problems.  If you feed them moderate amounts of treats, their bodies will process the "poisons" and eliminate them, causing no harm.  If you eat massive amounts of anything, then you could be causing harm to yourself.  I remember a story a few years back where a woman drank enough water to kill herself as part of a radio contest to see how much water she could drink before she went to the bathroom.

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Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought....Abraham Lincoln (Freedom carries responsibility)

The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right.....Judge Learned Hand  (The more sure your are that your way is the only right way, the more likely you are wrong.)

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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post #9 of 12
What age can i start feeding my chickens cabbage? 2 weeks old?
post #10 of 12
Watermellon yummmm chickens love it.
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