Are apples okay for chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by hippiechicks, Apr 2, 2009.

  1. hippiechicks

    hippiechicks Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 6, 2009
    OHIO Go Bucks!!
    Hey I am going to put our chicken coop under an apple tree I have read some where that if you give your chickens fruit it will make them stop laying but I have seen on here that some of you give your chickens apples . Do think the tree needs to go or can we keep it?
  2. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    keep the apple tree. My yard has an apple tree and my birds love them. They never stopped laying cept to molt or go broody. They go crazy over the apples........your lucky to have the tree.
  3. zatsdeb

    zatsdeb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 2, 2007
    Lincoln, Illinois
    my chickens go nuts for apples! I give them as treats to the goats and donkeys, and my deer, and the chickens all run over to get what the animals drop! I usually have to get extra for the chickens!
  4. KattyKillFish

    KattyKillFish Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2009
    Dillingham, Alaska
    mine love apples! here in Alaska they are a rare treat and i usually buy them just for the girls!
  5. FarmerDenise

    FarmerDenise Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 21, 2007
    Sonoma County
    My only concern is the apple seeds. Apple seeds contain a poison. I can't remember which one at the moment, but if the chickens were to eat enough of them it could be bad news.
    I just made a point not to give my chickens the leftovers (cores)after making any thing with apple. I figured they might get too much of the seeds. Haven't lost a chicken to apple poisening yet.
  6. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    I'd keep the tree, also.

    We give our laying hens fruit on occasion and have never had them quit laying because of it.

    The only time the girls slow down or quit laying is in the winter (when the days are shorter) or as lurky said, when they go broody or into molting.

  7. Linda in San Diego

    Linda in San Diego Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2008
    San Diego

    My chickens will knock you down to get your apple core, much less a whole apple - they don't care if the apples are new or getting old - they are not as picky as the human family!

    When my grandmother and greatgrand kept chickens, they did not have bags of layer feed around. They did not have bags of dog food. The animals and humans shared much of what they ate. Will my hens lay less if I "supplement"? Maybe, but will their health be affected, I don't believe so. We have a pile of kale from my FIL's house, today the Delightful Dozen barely touched their organic layer feed - that is ok with me, we got 9 eggs and that is more than enough for the 5 of us!

    My dogs are getting less packaged dog food and a more "homemade" food, and they are looking fine and taking points at dog shows. The chickens are happy and busy all over the yard getting all the greens and bugs they can.

    So, in my mind, if they eat apples they will be fine

    Of course my chicks turned 1 year just a couple of weeks ago and I am NO expert. But common sense seems to say that we may worry too much.
  8. KattyKillFish

    KattyKillFish Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2009
    Dillingham, Alaska
    i agree about the apple seed concern. i always take the seeds out
  9. Kathy1

    Kathy1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I believe that it is cyanide. I take the cores out of my apples before I feed them, I know most on here dont from what I read. I dont know if there is enough in a seed to hurt them, thats why I core them first. It seems that maybe that the amount inthe seeds is too miniscule to harm them. But wait for other replies.
  10. michelle1017

    michelle1017 Goat Mama

    Aug 21, 2008
    My chickens also LOVE apples, but it seems if they eat too many it gives them the runs. This fall I cut up a bunch of apples and froze them so they could have them all winter. I either just give them the slices or I cook them up in oatmeal when it is really cold outside and they absolutely go crazy!

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