Can chickens get drunk

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Lady Rose, Jul 21, 2008.

  1. Lady Rose

    Lady Rose Hatching

    Jul 14, 2008
    Well I am seriously wondering?
    I have loads of chickens and at the moment I have one rooster that is acting very weird.
    They are in an orchard below the house and at the moment there are plums dropping to the ground.
    I saw a thing on Tv once about animals in Africa getting drunk from eating fruit that fell to the ground?
  2. farmgirlie1031

    farmgirlie1031 Songster

    Apr 26, 2008
    hmm.. I have heard of other birds getting drunk on fruits so I guess maybe chickens could also.
  3. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    My pullets used to peck at the wine in my glass when I was sitting in the run with them (before I wised up about their partying ways), and they were okay...
  4. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    Think of it as "marinade"...
  5. kinnip

    kinnip Songster

    Feb 24, 2008
    Carrollton, GA
    I haven't had my beer stolen by a chicken yet, but look out for those goats!!
  6. Redfeathers

    Redfeathers Songster

    Oct 11, 2007
    Gervais OR
    Anything can get drunk...once blended. [​IMG]
  7. VintageLilFarm

    VintageLilFarm Songster 5 Years

    Dec 30, 2012
    The Great Northwest
    I searched for this thread because I am about to give my birds some rotten grapes. I set them aside in a bowl, thinking I would juice them, then my fridge went out, so I put them in a cooler in the garage (very cold) and was actually thinking I had dumped them. I'm hoping that, split between 20 birds, they will not get inebriated...

    Do you think it will loosen them up so more eggs fall out? [​IMG]
  8. Life is Good!

    Life is Good! Songster 7 Years

    Apr 14, 2011
    suburbia Chicagoland
    I've wondered the same thing as I feed the last of the fermented feed that's been sitting there for over a week....smells kinda nice if you stick your head in the bucket....a little, um, whiskey-ish! Is that why the rooster is smiling?! And yes, the eggs do fall out better - mine have been laying 3/day (of 6 layers) despite bitter cold weather. Gotta love those Java's!

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