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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ssteiner, Feb 13, 2009.

  1. ssteiner

    ssteiner Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 24, 2008
    Orange, CA
    My girls are between 12-16 weeks old and I have some cherries I was going to throw out but then I thought, why not give them to the girls? Any reason not to? They're not going to choke on the pits or anything, are they?

  2. poultryone

    poultryone Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 13, 2009
    Hi Scott. Your hens will be fine if you feed them cherries. As with feeding any sort of supplemental feed (such as fruit and kitchen scraps), be sure the extra feed given does not disproportionately outweigh the balanced, purpose-specific feed you are giving your chickens. This is especially important for layers, in which the calcium- and protein-ratios need to remain steady.
  3. rainbowgardens

    rainbowgardens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    Central Virginia
    Last summer when the wild cherries in our yard were loaded with fruit, I threw some to my girls. They went wild! There were red juice stains all over their beaks afterwards.
    It looked like a murder scene!!!
  4. pupsicle

    pupsicle Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 11, 2008
    When I let mine out in the mornings during cherry season, the ground underneath the cherry tree is their first stop. Gotta see how many fell during the night, you know.

    They eat around the pits, leaving them scattered all over the yard.

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