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Apple peels for chickens !

post #1 of 10
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So i was at the polar bear plunge in kennewick , and we were offered a big bag of apple peels ! So we got a big 20 pound bag, and today i put it in the coop with the girls. ( they ate into them right away - even tho slightly frozen )
Is that okay ?
2 bantams. 6 chickens 1nether land dwarf, 1 nethe/Minilop mix, , And a flemish gIant
1 button quail , one cockateil, 38 tropical fish, 2 Domestic cats, one long hair, one short.
Rocky my labrador and Lohki my mini aussie.
Im at the benton franklin fair every year, with rada!
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2 bantams. 6 chickens 1nether land dwarf, 1 nethe/Minilop mix, , And a flemish gIant
1 button quail , one cockateil, 38 tropical fish, 2 Domestic cats, one long hair, one short.
Rocky my labrador and Lohki my mini aussie.
Im at the benton franklin fair every year, with rada!
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post #2 of 10

I give my girls apples all the time! But I have to cut them in half so they can get to the flesh of the apple. ( they dont like the peel! ) 

Proud owner of 4 Americanas, a Mutt, Chihuahua, Green-Cheeked Conure, a Black Cat, and a Tabby Cat. <3 em all! 
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Proud owner of 4 Americanas, a Mutt, Chihuahua, Green-Cheeked Conure, a Black Cat, and a Tabby Cat. <3 em all! 
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post #3 of 10

Mine love the apple core and devour it.  Haven't given them the peels other than what is left on the core.  

A life without chickens? I don't think so :>

A few backyard bunnies?  Absolutely 

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A life without chickens? I don't think so :>

A few backyard bunnies?  Absolutely 

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post #4 of 10

Please be careful giving your chickens apples or apple cores - apple seeds have cyanide in them. 

 

NancyB

post #5 of 10

Apple seed do have cyanide in them but not enough to kill a chicken. My chickens eat them all the time and so do my dogs, I have 275 apple trees on my property so they eat a lot of them.

Married 28 yrs. to my best friend. Proud mother of 1 daughter, 1Border Collie,2 Australian Shepherd 1 fat Cat and 50+ chickens

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Married 28 yrs. to my best friend. Proud mother of 1 daughter, 1Border Collie,2 Australian Shepherd 1 fat Cat and 50+ chickens

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post #6 of 10

My chickens also eat many apples that fall from our tree without apparent ill effect.

 

Chris

post #7 of 10

Oh, that's good to know - I used to give my girls apple cores, then somewhere on here I read that the seeds contain cyanide - since I had no idea what the concentration was, or how much would be harmful to the chickens, I stopped giving them the cores. 

 

I'm curious, though - is there not a cumulative effect?  That the more seeds they eat, the more cyanide builds up in their bodies?  Like when kids are exposed to lead paint? 

 

NancyB

post #8 of 10

I dont think it has a cumaltive affect.  It wasn't only 6 months ago there was news reports on apple cider having cyanide content and then something new came up and it was never heard of again.  My kids and I drink cider quite often and have never had a problem and I have never seen a squirrel drop dead from an apple tree except if the apples are old and it gets drunk haha

post #9 of 10
Their body purges it out fairly fast. One study I looked at was that the half-life of cyanide in humans was roughly 20 to 60 minutes. That's humans not chickens and I got that over the internet so I can't say it is real reliable, but I'm not too worried about it.

It's not just apple seeds. Practically any fruit seed has cyanide in it. I have many different fruit trees in my orchard. I have absolutely no problem with the chickens foraging in there. I found a plum pit in the gizzard of a chicken I processed, so they will eat them.

The way I look at it with fruit seeds is that a few won't hurt them. But if I make jam, jelly, or something where I have a huge pile of seeds, I dispose of them in a way the chickens can't get to them. If I dumped a bucketfull of seeds in front of them, would they actually eat enough to hurt themselves? Probably not but I don't know that for sure so I take what I consider reasonable precautions.

But if I use a few to make a pie, that goes on the compost heap where they can get to them. There are not enough there to hurt them.

 I grow a little impatient when people seem to think that they are unique in the world. Of course they are. Just like everyone else.

 

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

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 I grow a little impatient when people seem to think that they are unique in the world. Of course they are. Just like everyone else.

 

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

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post #10 of 10

Ridgerunner - that sounds very reasonable . . . moderation in most things is good!  smile.png  I don't have any fruit trees around, and hadn't really given the matter any thought, until we got "the girls", last September, and I think I'm still in my learning curve - the more I learn about chickens, the more I realize I don't know!  But at least I now know more than I used to . . .

 

SD Bird Lady -

Drunk squirrels - lol!  Thanks for the laugh! 

 

NancyB

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