Are Acorns safe for chickens to eat?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Hilacraft, Sep 28, 2014.

  1. Hilacraft

    Hilacraft Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello, I have MANY acorns and I was wondering if it is safe for chickens to eat. Do you feed your chickens acorns and are they alright?

    I read it has high levels of tannin so can chickens handle tannin like squirrels, quail, and deer can?
     
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2014
  2. gggeek

    gggeek Out Of The Brooder

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  3. LakeMomNY

    LakeMomNY Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I made the mistake of breaking a couple open for my chickens while clearing some off my lawn (it has been a banner year for acorns here.)

    I can't bend over to pick anything up without them all running over and begging for more.

    I do not believe that an animal would LOVE a naturally occurring food that much if it were bad for them. Also, turkeys eat them.

    I have read that feeding above 20% can result in a drop in production.
     

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