Coffee grounds -- okay?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by brandywine, Aug 19, 2008.

  1. brandywine

    brandywine Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2008
    Western PA
    A comment on another thread raised the question.

    I give the chooks almost all the kitchen waste. I don't give them:

    Citrus peels (they don't eat 'em)
    Anything moldy or really bad meat/dairy
    Coffee grounds

    The coffee grounds and citrus go onto the compost heap that is well away from the chickens.

    I just figured, they're active enough, they could hardly need the caffeine.[​IMG]

    But is it okay to let them have the coffee grounds? Will they eat it? Is there any benefit to it?
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    I don't know about benefits per se, but they sure will be lively chickens [​IMG]

    Hey...wonder if you can make caffeinated eggs by feeding the chickens coffee?? It's be some new 'specialty' product... I can just imagine the marketing now:

    Liven up your morning with Zippy eggs! 300mg of caffeine in every egg!!
  3. roosmom

    roosmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 3, 2008
    upper peninsula
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  4. spatcher

    spatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2008
    Virginia - Southside
    Quote:Does that mean you give them semi bad meat/dairy?
  5. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    I think coffee grounds would be very hard on their kidneys.
    I use mine in the garden though, makes sandy soil very organic and rich...[​IMG]
  6. redkan

    redkan Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2008
    Central Maine
    Our coffee grounds go at the base of our azaleas and rhododendruns as they make the soil more acidic which the "evergreens" love. No artificial fertilizers for any of them.
  7. smom1976

    smom1976 too many projects too little time!

    May 2, 2008
    Pensacola, FL
    Quote:Does that mean you give them semi bad meat/dairy?

    anything that I feel is too long of leftovers in the fridge that I wont eat.. I give to the chickens.. they LOVE it all ...
  8. FloridaChickenChick

    FloridaChickenChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2008
    Lake County, Florida
    ZOMG...caffienated chickens. I'm exhausted just thinking about it!

  9. shay20

    shay20 Shay's Flock of Fun

    Jul 31, 2008
    in the wild, Mass
    Quote:Does that mean you give them semi bad meat/dairy?

  10. shay20

    shay20 Shay's Flock of Fun

    Jul 31, 2008
    in the wild, Mass
    i don't think it would be good idea to feed them coffee grounds, were the coffee grounds come in handy on birds is u use the cooled off juice from the coffee grounds on irritated eyes of any type, u squeeze the grounds in a filter over the eyes it helps with infections/scratches.
    Citrus is good for getting rid of mites /fleas. u put it on ur birds skin/feathers if they get any of these. [​IMG]

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