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Can I feed figs?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Dragonfly Ranch, Aug 9, 2009.

  1. Dragonfly Ranch

    Dragonfly Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 13, 2009
    Happy Valley, CA
    Checked the "Treat Chart" and don't see figs. I'm making fig bread and figs need to be peeled. Is it OK to feed the skins and tops/bottoms to my girls

    Sandee
     
  2. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    I would think they would be fine but not 100% on it.

    AL
     
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    It's 100% fine. Just don't go overboard like I did and give them tons. Makes for interesting poo when you do that, don'tcha know. [​IMG]
     
  4. Dragonfly Ranch

    Dragonfly Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 13, 2009
    Happy Valley, CA
    Quote:Thanks - just went out to pick a few more - have been gone over weekend - and there were 24 new ripe ones, already had about that many. I guess I'll be making a triple batch of bread. I will spread out the peels over the next couple of days.

    Sandee
     
  5. Im4dabirds

    Im4dabirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmmmm, hadn't thought of giving figs to my chickens. I mash mine and mix them with strawberry jello mix. Makes great jelly!
     
  6. Kung Foo Chicken

    Kung Foo Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    We have two old fig trees that are now huge before we bought the place. The girls eat the figs that fall into the cage. They love them and stand in it's shade and look up for it to drop treats to them every now and then.
     
  7. twentynine

    twentynine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes you can feed a chicken figs. And corn and beans and peas and okra and oats and oatmeal and grass clippings and grapes and and rice and bread and worms and crickets and muscadines and table scraps and and and and-------

    Does anyone ever think about what chickens eat, has any one ever watched a chicken freerange. Goodness Gracious-- if they were delicate as some think we'd have piled up dead chickens under every bush and tree.

    Treat chart--- here's what I do, give it to the chickens if they don't eat it, it probably ain't good for'em. So far sitting here thinking, right off the bat I can't think of to much that they haven't eaten. Not one sick yet.
     
  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:I feel pretty much the same way. Mine free range all day. They eat what they like, ignore what they don't.
    I've actually been sitting out with them while they free range. I see them pick up some sort of green and eat it. I pick up what I think is the same green or something right next to it and they ignore it.
    I've tried feeding mine leftover vegetables. They won't eat them. Why? Because they eat their "greens" all day while free ranging. What they want from Mama is fruits, but not so much of them right now either. All the fruit trees are bearing fruit right now and they help themselves. They're even turning down scratch right now because everything is so bountiful.
     
  9. Dragonfly Ranch

    Dragonfly Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 13, 2009
    Happy Valley, CA
    Quote:Thank you for the advice. As a newbie to chickens this year I'm still cautious since I have seen that some things can be toxic (like tomato vines, avocado skins etc). Before I asked the question I thought about the fact that wild birds eat the figs so I would think that chickens could too - but didn't want to assume (you know what they say about assuming). [​IMG]

    Sandee
     
  10. NCchickenman1958

    NCchickenman1958 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a HUGE fig tree between the 2 coops and the girls use it as their favorite hangout, today as I picked ripe ones to make fig and orange preserves ( yum yum ) I tossed them some in the run and the games began:lol:
     

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