can chickens eat this

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ilovechickensrock, Sep 15, 2011.

  1. ilovechickensrock

    ilovechickensrock Out Of The Brooder

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    can chickens eat cucumber peels? [​IMG]
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    I've never fed them peels, I just cut the cucumbers the long way, and let them devour the middles out of them. They usually leave the peel. I wonder if they'd have a difficult time digesting the peel in their crops.....
     
  3. top of the hill

    top of the hill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Check out this chicken treat chart, very informative:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=2593-Treats_Chart

    I've given them a cuke sliced the long way, never peeled it for them. Later I found the leftover shriveled peel in the run... didn't seem to care to much for it. I wonder if they instinctivly leave it behind like a rind from a melon.
     
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  4. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Mine prefer the seeds -- any seeds -- I think they eat watermelon flesh to get the seeds -- they will leave a thin layer of the very outer green area but eat right down to it [​IMG]
     
  5. ilovechickensrock

    ilovechickensrock Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks for the help [​IMG]
     
  6. davi

    davi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If your chickens like it. They usually don't leave the peel, thats what I've heard.
    I usually cut mine into VERY small pieces if they're raw, becuase they try to swallow it but they can't or they'll choke.
     
  7. davi

    davi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sorry mistake meant to say that they do leave the peel.
     
  8. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    My girls are like little kids - they won't eat any green veggies, cooked or raw, cut little or left whole. I guess it's because they free range a lot and get their fill of grass greenery... [​IMG]
     
  9. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    All my kitchen scraps go to the birds, and I don't see any peels left on the ground. Don't bother cutting them up, that's what the sharp beaks are for, and they can swallow amazing quantities of food whole. Like seriously, a half grown mouse, just down the hatch. I never cut things up for my birds and have never had one choke.
     

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