Citrus for treats?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Madcap621, Dec 21, 2009.

  1. Madcap621

    Madcap621 Songster

    Oct 30, 2009
    Middle Tennessee
    I remembered that citrus was listed at the end of the treats list as something NOT to feed my chickens, but didn't remember why. When I went looking, no reason was given. A review of the toxic plants chart for grapefruit, lemons, limes and oranges was negative. Does anyone know WHY chickens shouldn't be fed citrus??

    Anxiously awaiting your replys! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

  2. I offered mine some orange one time but they didnt seem to like it.They love grapes though. If their not supposed to have citris then I would guess to much acid.
  3. Dar

    Dar Crowing

    Jul 31, 2008
    i dont know how true this is but... i have heard that the citrus lowers the egg production

    i have my chickens go through the compost and eat everything including citrus.. and have not noticed any difference but they dont get it on a regular basis
  4. emvickrey

    emvickrey ChowDown Silkie Farm

    Mar 5, 2009
    Hornbeak, Tennessee
    I don't know why either but I don't give them any because of it. They do love tomatos so I"m not sure if it's the acid reason.
  5. mdbokc

    mdbokc Songster

    Jun 22, 2009
    Oklahoma County, OK
    Another thread discussed this at length. The final thoughts seemed to be that they can handle it but typically don't like a sour type citrus. (grapefruit). And typically don't get a lot of citrus. But people with citrus orchards indicated the chickens love it in there. Grapes are not citrus but a fruit. Citrus has sections within the fruit.

  6. CheerfulHeart2

    CheerfulHeart2 Creative Problem Solver

    Apr 8, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ
    I have citrus trees in my yard. Sometimes fruit falls to the ground. The chickens do not seem interested in grapefruit or navel oranges. (Though mine seem to only really love grass, wheat sprouts, melons and layer feed.)
  7. fancbrd4me02

    fancbrd4me02 Songster

    Mine love citrus, but I quarter it for them. Also, the fruit they are getting are very very ripe, low acid oranges. I think underipe ones would not be as popular with them.
  8. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    I throw out the odd orange - just the other day a little one that was bruised on one side.
    They don't run like rabid beasts to eat it, but they eventually do, one peck here and there - even my ducks have a go! [​IMG]
  9. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    mine won't even look at it. they don't even really like leftover pasta if it has lemon in the sauce.

  10. CheerfulHeart2

    CheerfulHeart2 Creative Problem Solver

    Apr 8, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ
    I was beginning to wonder if I just need to peel the oranges for them....the lemon sauce story tells me that it could just be that citrus holds no interest. Thank you.

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