- May 23, 2017
Can 9 hens have half a coconut two days in a row or is that too much? Like half today and half tomorrow?
Coconut is a fabulous addition to the chickens diet. I have included it in my chickens diet for the last five years. I use coconut oil, and the coconut chips (dried meat), and even the coconut water for during some illnesses. I especially use it in the Summer, mixed with fruit. Coconut is highly nutritious, and healing too. According to the "Improved Village Poultry Keeping" manual, by Russell Parker, the meat can be used in up to 1/3rd of the chickens diet. Of course this is for chickens in the Solomon Islands, where typical feed used here in the United States, isn't available.
Coconut oil is also something beneficial, to be used in chicken rearing. But, that's something you can research later.
Here is the nutritive breakdown for raw coconut.
Amount Per 1 medium (397 g)
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 133 g 204%, Saturated fat 118 g 590%, Polyunsaturated fat 1.5 g
Monounsaturated fat 6 g, Cholesterol 0 mg 0%, Sodium 79 mg 3%, Potassium 1,413 mg 40%, Total Carbohydrate 60 g 20%, Dietary fiber 36 g 144%, Sugar 25 g, Protein 13 g 26%, Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 21%, Calcium 5%, Iron 53%, Vitamin D 0%, Vitamin B-6 10%, Vitamin B-12 0%, Magnesium 31%
As you can see, coconuts are chock full of vitamins, minerals, and energy too.
Since your chickens are most likely eating a formulated chicken feed, I would treat them with the coconut. And as a treat, it should not exceed 10% of their daily food. So, just freeze some, then shred or chip the rest for your flock.
I hope I didn't go - coconut crazy...I just love coconut, for my family and chickens!
These are my thoughts and experience with coconut.