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Do chickens eat acorns?

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Will they eat the acorns in the fall, at least the ones that are broken open?  Or do they not like them?  Please don't tell me the acorns are toxic or something, because there's no way we can clean them all up!

Kelly, mom of two daughters, six cats, and a Great Pyrenees
Black Stars, EEs, Marans, and a feathered demon (whoops, I mean silver Lakenvelder) and now 6 mixed chicks under two broodies!
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Kelly, mom of two daughters, six cats, and a Great Pyrenees
Black Stars, EEs, Marans, and a feathered demon (whoops, I mean silver Lakenvelder) and now 6 mixed chicks under two broodies!
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post #2 of 8

caf

mine eat all the seeds from the overhead trees... but I don't know about acorns.

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Former keeper of hens, life isn't much fun without chickens... but

 

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post #3 of 8

I'm not sure if chickens would eat them since we don't have oak trees where I am located.  But, I do know that raw acorns taste terrible because they are packed with tannins.  And, no, they are not toxic.

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I am a brand new chicken owner, but I have been reading a lot about chickens lately and did read in a blog that chickens can eat acorns!  So exciting because we have a ton of oak trees, so I'm planning on collecting a bunch in the Fall and storing them for treats during the Winter.

Amy ~ Mommy to Riley (2) and Andrew (newborn) ~ 3 doggies, 3 kitty cats, 2 rabbits, 22 hens (3 BA's, 1 black 1 SL Wyandotte, 7 EE's, 3 RIR, 2 White Rocks, 1 BO, 2BR, 2 BR mixes)

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Amy ~ Mommy to Riley (2) and Andrew (newborn) ~ 3 doggies, 3 kitty cats, 2 rabbits, 22 hens (3 BA's, 1 black 1 SL Wyandotte, 7 EE's, 3 RIR, 2 White Rocks, 1 BO, 2BR, 2 BR mixes)

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post #5 of 8

Ohhh Boy do they eat em! I have a yard full of oak trees... when the acorns fell last fall, my birds cleaned em up! They love em! big_smile

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Faith, Hope, and Love... but the greatest of these is "Love"  1st Cor. 13:13
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post #6 of 8

I know this is an old post, but I just wanted to add that my chickens love acorns too, and the little bugs that are in some of them.  We break them open for them for fun and the chickens sit there anxiously awaiting the next bug-find.  My sheep eat acorns too.  They ate a few acres worth this fall, and now they're trying to get into the chicken yarn to eat whatever the chickens left behind.  Before we had sheep, I thought they just ate grass.

I love chickens!  We currently have 2 gold laced (single comb wyandottes), 1 buff laced (mix brahma/wyandotte), 3 lavender cuckoo orpingtons, 3 seramas, 4 black cochin bantams, and 6 d'uccles.
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I love chickens!  We currently have 2 gold laced (single comb wyandottes), 1 buff laced (mix brahma/wyandotte), 3 lavender cuckoo orpingtons, 3 seramas, 4 black cochin bantams, and 6 d'uccles.
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post #7 of 8

my chickens eat them hmm

post #8 of 8

The particular species that produced the acorns will have a lot to do with this.  Here in the Southeast the deer and other wildlife have their favorite trees that produce sweet acorns while leaving the more bitter ones until there just anything else to eat.

My birds will eat a few, but I've never known them to eat a lot.  They eat them a lot better if the've been crushed/smashed first so they can pick the meats out of the shells.

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