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Apples?! can chickens eat. they ok to feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by tarheel4lif3, Jan 31, 2008.

  1. tarheel4lif3

    tarheel4lif3 In the Brooder

    Oct 4, 2007
    Had some apples and wanted to know if chickens would like them?!
  2. hooligan

    hooligan Songster

    Aug 20, 2007
    Mine like apples [​IMG]
  3. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

    Jan 18, 2008
    Newman Lake, WA
    Mine cleaned up all the apples that were on the trees in the garden. They also jumped up in the raspberries and ate all of them and got all the pears that fell.
  4. Redfeathers

    Redfeathers Songster

    Oct 11, 2007
    Gervais OR
    It's one of my chickens favorites
  5. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    In quantity, apple SEEDS can be toxic over time.
  6. My ladies go CRAZY when I give them apples which is prolly every three days, we own a farm store so they get all the ones that won't sell. [​IMG]
  7. Churkenduse

    Churkenduse Songster

    Jan 1, 2008
    Mine love them also, if you want to have some fun hang them from a string and watch the fun.

    It's like chicks bobbing for apples.

    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  8. Lothiriel

    Lothiriel Crowing Premium Member

    Aug 30, 2007
    New York State
    My Coop
    I give mine apples whenever we have some. They love 'em! I also read that you can hang them on a string. I tried it once, but they grabbed at it so much the apple fell off! [​IMG] It was fun to watch though.
  9. SillyChick

    SillyChick Songster

    Dec 15, 2007
    Yes, apples are safe to feed to your chickens and is somewhat a favorite. But take note of Buff Hooligan's note on toxicity in apple seeds(thanks for the info!).

    Happy feeding! [​IMG]
  10. To piggyback on Buff's comment about apple seed toxicity... They contain small quantities of cyanide. It is important for parents to know this. Small children can often become fixated on certain foods (like apples) and want to eat them everyday. The ocassionally apple seed isn't going to hurt anyone, but if someone regularly ingests them, it could cause problems. Since chickens are so much smaller than humans, I would guess that it would take fewer seeds to affect them. If I were feeding alot of apples to chickens, I would probably core them first.

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