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Can I feed my chickens partly moldy fruit?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by telehillco, May 2, 2009.

  1. telehillco

    telehillco In the Brooder

    Mar 15, 2009
    Front Range, CO
    Will some mold on fruit, bread, etc. hurt my chickens? I've got some strawberries that are starting to mold and I'm wondering whether to toss them to the chickens or into the compost. Thanks for the feedback.

  2. moonflowers

    moonflowers Songster

    Apr 3, 2009
    Louisville, KY
    Everything I've seen/read says absolutely no mold. I would toss it in the compost pile. I think the general rule is that if you wouldn't eat it, don't give it to them (with the exception of worms/bugs). If I'm wrong, someone with more experience correct me!
  3. Chicken Fruit

    Chicken Fruit Songster

    Feb 25, 2009
    Echo Homestead
    Fresh veggies and fruits as a rule dont tend to grow harmful molds. Breads tend to be safe when moldy, as well as cheese. Thats even for human consumption.

    Within reason anything starting to mold should be fine for chickens. its when it starts to ferment that you should not bother with it.

    If you're super concerned just trim the moldy spots off.

    I've never read anything that says no mold. My chickens get moldy stuff on occasion and they are quite fine... although it might be good practice not to since SOME molds can be bad. but thats my personal experience.
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  4. Chicks_N_Horses

    Chicks_N_Horses Songster

    Mar 30, 2009
    South Alabama
    I think it is OK. I do it. I give our chickens old fruit, bread, veggies. Anything left over, scraps, old foods beginning to mold....they eat it and are fine. I don't give them rotted stuff but a little old is OK IMO. I am no chicken expert yet either but my chickens are healthy and haven't been sick from it.
  5. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Well if it's not bad moldy I would trim and eat myself (others would be horrified at this, I know) so I'm sure my chickens could eat that.

    If in doubt, just compost. You are still getting a benefit from the compost! No waste!
  6. mamaKate

    mamaKate Songster

    Sep 9, 2008
    SE MO
    I wouldn't eat or feed anything with any mold. The effects can be subtle.
  7. pascopol

    pascopol Songster

    Jan 6, 2009
    Tampa Bay
    Quote:I think it's OK too.

    When you free range chicken they have to make a choice not to eat rotten or spoiled things. They pass this test all the time.

    My only concern as to what NOT to feed is:

    No excessive salty foods

    No excessive spicy stuff

    No excessive greasy stuff

    An thing else I feed to them including boiled potato peels and other boiled veggies or part of veggies they can not tear apart row.

  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I don't feed any of my animals food that I wouldn't eat myself. Having said that, I can't control when the chooks find a half rotted apple or peach in the orchard.
  9. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    My chickens have eaten - and survived w/o ill effects - moldy strawberries, bread, cheese, & so on.

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