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I just got through making fresh apple cakes and I have lots of apple peels left (washed of course). Is it ok to give the washed peels to the chickens? If I can give the peels to the chickens, should I just leave them as I peeled them or chop them up some in my blender? They are mostly staying in the coop today due to the extreme cold and high winds + snow. I hate to waste the peels if the chickens would like them.

Mom to 3 sons, 2 horses, 1 Chesapeake, 2 BO's, 1 SLW, and 7 refrigerator chicks (eggs hatched after being refrigerated), they are 5 SLW's and 2 BO/SLW crosses.
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post #2 of 9

yep, just toss them out to the chickens.   
They will be cleaned up in a jiffy.

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Cool! That will give them something to do. I hung a cabbage head in the coop, but they haven't really messed with it much...yet.

Mom to 3 sons, 2 horses, 1 Chesapeake, 2 BO's, 1 SLW, and 7 refrigerator chicks (eggs hatched after being refrigerated), they are 5 SLW's and 2 BO/SLW crosses.
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Originally Posted by oldchickenlady 

Cool! That will give them something to do. I hung a cabbage head in the coop, but they haven't really messed with it much...yet.


I put 3 big cabbages in the coop this morning, and each one was attacked immediately!  Sometimes I leave one or two on the ground in the run so they'll have something to do and something green to pick at when the grass is all gone.  When I put the cabbages in the coop, I don't hang them up; I just put them on the floor.  I should have rolled them in and gone "bowling" wink   big_smile  Thought it would help keep them entertained since it's snowing like crazy, and is predicted to snow this way until around midnight tonight.  "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas"...   clap  ya  yippiechickie  wee  love  celebrate


Edited by crtrlovr - 12/12/10 at 11:15am
Momma loves her babies!  8 cats, 45 inside birds, 3 guineas,  RIRs, BRs,  BOs ,  Lorpie girls, Golden Comets, OEGB  BBreds, bantam frizzle cochins,  3 white Silkies, EEs, some silkie/cochin mixes, silkie/frizzles, ducks (3 white Pekins, 1 buff Saxony & 1 Silver Appleyard), and 1 Blue Slate turkey who thinks she's a chicken...   (did I miss anyone?...)  Nope!  Now let's all have pie. 
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Momma loves her babies!  8 cats, 45 inside birds, 3 guineas,  RIRs, BRs,  BOs ,  Lorpie girls, Golden Comets, OEGB  BBreds, bantam frizzle cochins,  3 white Silkies, EEs, some silkie/cochin mixes, silkie/frizzles, ducks (3 white Pekins, 1 buff Saxony & 1 Silver Appleyard), and 1 Blue Slate turkey who thinks she's a chicken...   (did I miss anyone?...)  Nope!  Now let's all have pie. 
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My birds love apples in any form.  I sometimes put them in a cake feeder just to give them something to do and keep them out of the dirt.  I don't think the dirt bothers them as much as it does me though.  Here's a pic. 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/39612_pinata_0002.jpg

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My mother in law sent over a bagful of long curly apple peels which I just dumped as-is into the backyard.  I think we laughed for an hour watching the girls trail apple streamers, running and chasing each other!  Every scrap was gobbled, too... seeds, cores, skins and all.

Proud mom of 2 US Marines!   Happy care-giver to 11 ISA Brown hens, 2 Buff Orpingtons, and 1 Silver Laced Wyandotte; 1 elderly female Rottweiler who thinks she's a cat, 4 sons who are much taller than I am, the most awesome baby granddaughter alive, and a sweet computer geek husband who broods in front of his laptop and hatches incredible software.
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Proud mom of 2 US Marines!   Happy care-giver to 11 ISA Brown hens, 2 Buff Orpingtons, and 1 Silver Laced Wyandotte; 1 elderly female Rottweiler who thinks she's a cat, 4 sons who are much taller than I am, the most awesome baby granddaughter alive, and a sweet computer geek husband who broods in front of his laptop and hatches incredible software.
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post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by oldchickenlady 

I just got through making fresh apple cakes and I have lots of apple peels left (washed of course). Is it ok to give the washed peels to the chickens? If I can give the peels to the chickens, should I just leave them as I peeled them or chop them up some in my blender? They are mostly staying in the coop today due to the extreme cold and high winds + snow. I hate to waste the peels if the chickens would like them.


It is SO COLD here too!

One of my chicken's favorite treats is apple peels!  I prefer to give it to them in larger pieces so that they don't waste as much. wink

Currently have 35 chickens, purebreds and crosses of Buff Orpington, Black Australorp, Barred Rock, Rhode Island Red, and Dark Cornish; plus two adorable Silkie/Cochin cross bantams.

We raise 100% Grass-Fed Black Angus beef in the beautiful Ozarks of southeast Missouri. No grain, no GMOs, no antibiotics, no hormones. If interested please contact me.
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Currently have 35 chickens, purebreds and crosses of Buff Orpington, Black Australorp, Barred Rock, Rhode Island Red, and Dark Cornish; plus two adorable Silkie/Cochin cross bantams.

We raise 100% Grass-Fed Black Angus beef in the beautiful Ozarks of southeast Missouri. No grain, no GMOs, no antibiotics, no hormones. If interested please contact me.
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post #8 of 9

I walked in one day with a bag of apples from the store.  My mistake was coming in the back door......

My birds pecked a hole in the bag and went to town AS I was walking down the path! gig

I tossed an apple out there this morning a few minutes ago, it's already gone. ep

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Originally Posted by Ohhhdear 

My mother in law sent over a bagful of long curly apple peels which I just dumped as-is into the backyard.  I think we laughed for an hour watching the girls trail apple streamers, running and chasing each other!  Every scrap was gobbled, too... seeds, cores, skins and all.


yuckyuck  I can just SEE that!

Jen

Mother to 1 son, 1 cat 20 1/2, two cats, Barnevelder, Welsummer, Lt Brahma, BO, , Dominique, BC Marans, White Rock, BR, Americauna, Cochin, RIRs, and 3 BJG Xs
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will  hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  II Chronicles 7: 14
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Mother to 1 son, 1 cat 20 1/2, two cats, Barnevelder, Welsummer, Lt Brahma, BO, , Dominique, BC Marans, White Rock, BR, Americauna, Cochin, RIRs, and 3 BJG Xs
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will  hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  II Chronicles 7: 14
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