Apple peels for chickens !

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Bunnytamer, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. Bunnytamer

    Bunnytamer Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 9, 2011
    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. americana-lover

    americana-lover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2012
    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! )
  3. kacklinkelly

    kacklinkelly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 12, 2012
    Southwest Desert
    Mine love the apple core and devour it. Haven't given them the peels other than what is left on the core.
  4. NancyB22000

    NancyB22000 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 30, 2012
    Marshfield, MA
    Please be careful giving your chickens apples or apple cores - apple seeds have cyanide in them.

  5. Chickens R Us

    Chickens R Us Chillin' With My Peeps

    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.
  6. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 7, 2011
    Taylors, SC
    My chickens also eat many apples that fall from our tree without apparent ill effect.

  7. NancyB22000

    NancyB22000 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 30, 2012
    Marshfield, MA
    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?

  8. SD Bird Lady

    SD Bird Lady Chillin' With My Peeps

    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
  9. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    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.
  10. NancyB22000

    NancyB22000 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 30, 2012
    Marshfield, MA
    Ridgerunner - that sounds very reasonable . . . moderation in most things is good! [​IMG] 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!


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