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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by sfisher, Jan 22, 2008.
Will chickens eat acorn's??
Our chickens eat acorns. It's a bit problematic, because they seem to collect in the crop, not moving down to the gizzard where they can be ground up and digested. When I butcher roosters, they have a collection of acorns and caps in their crop, even if I've had them away from food for 24 hours.
My chickens love acorns, but I try not to let them eat any because I read that the tannins in the acorns are bad for them.
NewGuineaChooks: I'm surprised that your chickens eat the caps as well, that seems like a very strange thing for them to eat.
I'm building my pen under a big oak tree that drops alot of acorn's. Does anybody think it will be a problem? They will also free range in a 1/2 acre lot, that is almost all oak trees. Would extra grit help? The ground here is sandy, and I figured they would get enough grit in their crop that way.
I have several oaks in and around my yard. I sometimes use oak leaves which contain acorns for litter. I have yet to have any problems from it. If your soil is sandy I think you are ok for grit too. I never give mine supplemental grit.
Please send all your acorns to our farm for our piggies. They go ape for them.
We didn't have any acorns this year . The late freeze killed them all and killed one of our huge white oak trees. But,when we did get acorns,my hens loved the ones I would step on and squash for them.
I kinda figured a whole acorn, would be hard for a chicken to swallow. If they do like them, I hope their gizzard can grind them. It would save me alot of money, on feed.
Mine normally just grab the acorn pieces that fall from the goats mouths.
The only acorns my chickens get are the ones the squirrells throw at them from the neighbors tree.