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Coffee grounds and chickens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bel, Jan 28, 2010.

  1. bel

    bel Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2010
    East bay
    I put a lot of used coffee grounds in my compost piles, and use it as a mulch around my plants to kill slugs, so its all over the ground in areas
    (I get trashbags of it for free from coffee places and it does wonders around the yard.)

    I do have a 12 x 7 run I can keep coffee free, but if there is a lot of coffee grounds in the yard will chickens be safe if allowed to free range?

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 14, 2008
    They'll probaly stay up later but otherwise they should be fine.
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  3. PlumTuckered

    PlumTuckered Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2007
    My Mom's chickens (years ago) used to eat coffee grounds all the time. I've not tried feeding any to mine.

  4. hemibob67

    hemibob67 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 9, 2010
    Spencerville, IN
    [​IMG] very very funny
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Well, I wouldn't feed them to the birds on purpose as they have no nutritional value and do have the caffeine, which can't be good for a chicken. If they manage to eat some, I doubt it would hurt. And, as Bill said, they may party all night long, LOL.
  6. Dinkadoo

    Dinkadoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2009
    South Carolina
    We put used coffee grounds in our compost pile all the time and the girls are always in it scratching around. They have never had any ill effects from it. I think they will be fine.
  7. Bravo

    Bravo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2009
    Hey! You might be on to something!! Energy eggs! They could be on the counter of every convenience store LOL

    Heehee [​IMG]

    I love the all night party visual! Hens Gone Wild!
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2010
  8. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    Should be fine. Just mix in a little CREAM & SUGAR![​IMG]
  9. SallyF

    SallyF Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2009
    Middle Tennessee
    I used coffee grounds mixed with broken eggshells as a mulch around my cabbage plants (a hint from Mother Earth News). First the chickens ate the eggshells, then they ate the coffee grounds, then they ate the cabbage. Mother didn't warn me about that, but the chickens were fine and seemed to enjoy every minute of it.
  10. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    Quote:So you had some very fast, gassy chickens?

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