Are grapes safe for chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by LakeGooseBerry, Sep 25, 2017.

  1. LakeGooseBerry

    LakeGooseBerry Chirping

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    I have a mash of grape skins and seeds left over from making grape juice. Is this safe to give to my chickens?

    And while we're on the subject, are there foods or food by-products that are definitely bad for chickens and should not be given?
     
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  2. Sara Ranch

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    I use to give grapes to my chicks and to my duckies. No problems.

    There are some foods that shouldn't be given to the chickens. If you do a google search, you should be able to find a quick list. I think most people will debate just about everything on the list except for avocado skins.

    When I introduce a new food, I give a small amount and I watch my chickens to see how they react to it. Do they inhale it? Are they sleep afterwards? Is their poop extra runny, red, or blue? Do they get grumpy? Or they more talkative?
     
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  3. Lauren Kim

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    Yep, grapes are absolutely safe for chickens. I have given my four barred rocks grapes for a while now and they love them! I would cut the grapes in half before giving it to them, because they can be big. There was an instance when my barred rock somehow got a whole grape and swallowed it by accident, and she had trouble pooping but luckily she was able to digest it and poop it out. Grapes are not only yummy, but healthy. I wouldn't give them too much because too much is always not good. Grapes help the human heart, and I don't see how they wouldn't help chicken hearts. Grapers also have a decent amount of Potassium, which is great for the chickens. I wouldn't give them grapes as their meal every day, I would give them grapes as a snack or treat, maybe once every other day.

    Some foods that they shouldn't be eating is definitely avocado pits and skin. The flesh has been eaten by some chickens before, but it is not recommended. Avocado has toxins that aren't harmful to humans, but they are dangerous to chickens. They also shouldn't be eating anything moldy, old, or oily. Many people give them junk food such as chocolate, candy, and fast food but that is all bad for them.

    Actually, many people think that bread is bad for the chickens, but bread sctually does help chickens lay eggs easier. You can feed them any type, they absolutely love bread and give them like grapes, for a treat or snack in small chunks.


    I hope this helped!!

    Lauren
     
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  4. N F C

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    I give my girls grapes on occasion. I quarter the grapes to avoid any concern about the grapes getting stuck in their crop (not sure that's a legitimate concern, but it makes me more comfortable).

    They love their grape pieces, it's a healthy treat!
     
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  5. Smuvers Farm

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    Skip the grapes, go straight for red wine!!

    Ohhhhh, you meant for the chickens........:th
     
  6. Sara Ranch

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    Ya know, on one of "those" kind of days, you may forget to give the grapes to your chickens....and come back to find that it's fermented into red wine!

    I've never seen red wine on the list of things never to give your chicken, but I wouldn't take any chances!
     
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  7. Farmgal101

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    This article Buff hooligans should help you out->
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/ar...-the-best-treats-for-backyard-chickens.47738/
     
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  8. Smuvers Farm

    Smuvers Farm Melvin Up the Taterhole

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    Drunk chickens... probably hilarious!
     
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  9. MilesFluffybutt

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    I would pick out as many seeds as you can. I'd be worried they'd get caught in the crop.
     
  10. LakeGooseBerry

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