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Can chickens eat coffee grounds?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Lil Chickens, Aug 6, 2016.

  1. Lil Chickens

    Lil Chickens New Egg

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    I saw a load of coffee grounds in the sink one morning and we don't have a compost pile. I felt bad for it to go to waste, so I am wondering if it is good to feed chickens coffee grounds? I was unsure about the caffeine so that is why I am skeptical about giving it to them. But I have read in some articles that it is good, but in others it says that it is bad. Please let me know.
     
  2. jacksun

    jacksun Out Of The Brooder

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    My chicks don't care for them, but they mix well with the litter. If dry you can put it in the coop for odor control
     
  3. Lil Chickens

    Lil Chickens New Egg

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    Thank you!
     
  4. Duck Drover

    Duck Drover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can raise red wigglers on coffee grounds and feed them to your chickens. We raise them for worm tea and to add them to our planters but the chickens get the escapees that are reproducing in the yard.
     
  5. GC-Raptor

    GC-Raptor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh yeah, you made my day. I'm a coffeeholic. I would love my coop to smell like a fresh pot of coffee. I can imagine building a large coop with a built in coffee bar. GC
     
  6. billpack326

    billpack326 Out Of The Brooder

    Should they be dried before going in the litter?
     
  7. GC-Raptor

    GC-Raptor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I haven't used coffee grounds in the litter yet, but I would let it dry before sprinkling on top of litter. GC
     
  8. balloonflower

    balloonflower Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My coop does smell like coffee--I use coffee bean husks for their litter. Inevitably, there are some grounds mixed in and a few stray beans, but it doesn't seem to bother them. Composts really well when I dump the droppings tray compared to wood chips. I get them free from a local roaster along with burlap bags.

    I will say that I have a small coop that makes them easy to use, and since free I can change the droppings tray when I want. In the lower run, I usually just add when needed. They are very lightweight and blow/track easily, so wouldn't be for everyone. They also don't work well in the nest boxes--stick to the eggs, so I use pads in those. My gals love it when I top off the run--jump in and fluff all around.
     

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