Citrus fruits: bad or good?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by CiceroXY, Apr 10, 2017.

  1. CiceroXY

    CiceroXY Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could someone explain to me why it is dangerous or counter-productive feed citrus fruits (also their peels) like lemons, oranges, mandarins etc. to chickens? Is there something toxic in them?
     
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  2. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Actually feeding citrus can cause feather plucking. This is well know in the pet bird world and overlaps with chickens. It is a build up of citric acid and vit C that can cause it. Some are very sensitive others less so.
     
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  3. CiceroXY

    CiceroXY Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you eggbert420! [​IMG] I didn't know it so now it is all clear to me!
     
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  4. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    :thumbsup
     
  5. mohdhamza

    mohdhamza Out Of The Brooder

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    In small quantities its OK
    Citrus peels are bitter. Mine don't eat them. Throw half of an orange (with peel intact) to them. They'll eat the flesh and seeds but will leave the peel.
     
  6. CiceroXY

    CiceroXY Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you for having responded mohdhamza, that's a great advice [​IMG]
     

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