Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by kentucky jay, Jan 4, 2011.

  1. kentucky jay

    kentucky jay Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 16, 2010
    i havent been able to find the answers i need anywhere in here ........ i have acorns all over my yard , they have been on the ground now for a couple months , is it too late to give some to my chickens ? also , should i crush them up , or will they break them up themselves ? i dont wanna give my chickens old acorns if it can make them sick or kill them !!!!
  2. Kacey's Krazee's

    Kacey's Krazee's Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2009
    Normangee, Texas
    My chickens have a ton of acorns in their run, and don't bother with them at all. They act like they are invisible. We have a large amount of oak trees on our property,
    and the runs are under 3 oaks. I don't think they see them as a food source.


    Oh and Welcome to BYC !!!

    Last edited: Jan 4, 2011
  3. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member

    May 11, 2010
    I do know they fed chickens crushed acorns during one the World Wars.
  4. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    Acorn palatability varies quite a lot with the species. Your local wildlife will give you a good idea as to how tasty yours are.

    My birds don't eat many acorns. They're kind of large and tough to digest. But if they are crushed first they'll often spend time picking out the bits of nutmeats.
  5. RIBill

    RIBill Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2010
    By this point, most will have split open and sprouted or started to mold. I was at a playground one day with my kids and collected acorns which had just split open. I shelled them and dropped them in the run. A couple were devoured. The rest sat in the run for a few days before they were finally eaten.
  6. hankus

    hankus Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 13, 2009
    Mine dont eat acorns either. They also live under an oak tree so its possible they eat some I dont see. The yardbirds will occasionally eat some that are run over.
  7. knjinnm

    knjinnm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2010
    Sandia Park, NM
    Quote:If the acorns are large you will have to break them and then the birds will pick through them. Either way chickens aren't going to peck them open like a crow would.

  8. ssbs

    ssbs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 7, 2010
    Most acorns are high in bitter tannins. I'm not sure if it is dangerous to chickens but it is dangerous to people. Preparing them for eating is very tedious work, drying them, shelling them, boiling them a few times to remove tannins and grinding them.

    I just collect acorns and crack them open. Then put them in the blender with some water until the mixture is smooth. I put it in the freezer in an open container and leave it until it is freeze dried. Then I break it into powder, which I use for tanning animal hides (rabbit and squirrel)

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