Can chickens eat onions?

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As stated above, can adult chickens eat onions?
I have half an onion left over from making today's stuffing. I don't like to waste items. So instead of tossing it, can my chickens eat it?
It's half of a large yellow onion.
We also have leftover green and black olives and pickles. Probably won't give those to the birds, though.
 

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How much is too much?
That’s a good question when I looked it up it says “in moderation”. I grow chives mine don’t like them. Sometimes I have left overs with onions...they leave them in the bowl. So mine don’t eat them.
I haven’t found a exact amount. They are not toxic or poisonous.
I guess...they’d have to eat large amounts for them to become anemic.
 

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That’s a good question when I looked it up it says “in moderation”. I grow chives mine don’t like them. Sometimes I have left overs with onions...they leave them in the bowl. So mine don’t eat them.
I haven’t found a exact amount. They are not toxic or poisonous.
I guess...they’d have to eat large amounts for them to become anemic.
Okay thanks.
It's 1cup of onion. If they don't touch it, oh well.
 

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They can, but in over two decades of raising chickens I've yet to meet a single one who actually *likes* onions, or any Alliums (garlic, chives, leeks, etc.) for that matter. They always pick around them when given leftovers, even if the onions are like 1/30th of the food's composition and chopped.
 

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They can, but in over two decades of raising chickens I've yet to meet a single one who actually *likes* onions, or any Alliums (garlic, chives, leeks, etc.) for that matter. They always pick around them when given leftovers, even if the onions are like 1/30th of the food's composition and chopped.
This is good news for those who farm onions or alliums and keep chickens!
 

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