Can chickens eat my tea leaves?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by stone_family3, Mar 12, 2013.

  1. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I drink a lot of tea and usually toss the tea leaves into the compost, wondering if I can dump them in the fermented feed bucket instead. The top five types of tea I drink are lavender, sassafras, red clover, chai, and darjeeling.
     
  2. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know anything about fermented feed. Most of whatever is in the tea leaves is gone after steeping. Toss them in there and see what happens.

    My chickens eat most anything leftover from human food preparation.

    Chris
     
  3. Mom2Sav

    Mom2Sav Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did you end up feeding your tea leaves to the chickens? I buy loose organic tea and was wondering the same thing. I guess it can't hurt. I'm going to give it a try but was wondering if you had good success.
     
  4. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

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    There would be no food value in the tea leaves. Depending on what kind of tea it is, they would be getting a lot of tannins from the leaves. Not good for feed, IMO. better to put them in the compost where they will do some good.
     
  5. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    Tea leaves and coffee grounds are NOT chicken food!!! Neither are tea or coffee. Mary
     
  6. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    I forgot to add chocolate! Mary
     
  7. MysteriaSdrassa

    MysteriaSdrassa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nonscence,,, chicken food is whatever a chicken will eat,, including grass, bugs, mice, and even snakes
     
  8. rebrascora

    rebrascora Overrun With Chickens

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    There is a difference between putting the tea leaves out in the pen for the chickens to eat or leave or adding them to their fermented feed where they have no option but to eat them and possibly poison themselves or go hungry. Most animals innately know what is good to eat and what not (and may even be toxic), so give them the option to decide. Hungry animals are usually the ones that eat toxic things they shouldn't, so don't put them in that position.
    That would be my thoughts.
    I don't think that it is safe to assume that if something is not toxic to us, it will not be toxic to chickens.
     
  9. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

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    Old thread. Still same answer.
     

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