Crushed Chocolate to Chickens?Crushed Granola/Cereal Bars to Chicken?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by new2chicken, Aug 18, 2009.

  1. new2chicken

    new2chicken New Egg

    Aug 18, 2009
    Outside Los Angeles

    I am completely new to the world of chickens. I had a few questions about feeding chickens.

    Can chickens eat crushed chocolate bars, if the particle size was correct? Would it be completely wrong to do so, or can it be done in moderation, like 2 feeds a month?

    We always have tons of Granola bars and other breakfast cereal bars that are about to expire. I know these cereal bars are good in protein and vitamins. Can we crush them to small particle size and feed them to chickens?

    Thanks for your input.

  2. Silkiefan

    Silkiefan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2009
    hmmm, I don't know if that ammount of sugar is good for them, but for sure the granola is awesome for a chicken. If I were you, I'd eat all of the chocolate out of the granola (sigh... the things we do for our pets) and give them the rest. (seriously, how can you part with even a morsel of chocolate? [​IMG] )
    I know for sure they shouldn't eat potato peels. Someone on this forum said potato peels were very toxic to a chicken... other than that, pretty much anything goes. They're like feathered goats.
    I make my girls little yogurt parfaits with honey yogurt, granola or uncooked oats, and berries. [​IMG] (spoiled I know) ... and there's a lot of sugar in sweetened yogurt, and the berries have natural sugar, but they seem ok, so I'd guess it'd be fine for them to have granola bars.
  3. Silkiefan

    Silkiefan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2009
    oh hey, how did I forget to send you a welcome? you're totally new here huh? this forum is awesome! you'll find lots of help and info... and jokes and cool people. [​IMG]
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  4. BorderKelpie

    BorderKelpie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 1, 2009
    outside Dallas
    Just remember, chocolate is toxic to most animals. So, sacrifice yourself and eat the chocolate to save them.
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2009
  5. bargain

    bargain Love God, Hubby & farm Premium Member

    Apr 13, 2008
    Bowdon, GA
    Please don't!!!! Due to chocolate, salt and additives, it would be dangerous!

    Find a charity to donate to...Like a Boys Club/Girls Club, emergency shelter .

    They can use these and no harm will be done to your chicks.

    Welcome to BYC!
  6. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    There was a thread on here not long ago that talked about a flock of chicks dying from chocolate doughnuts.
  7. new2chicken

    new2chicken New Egg

    Aug 18, 2009
    Outside Los Angeles
    Thank you all for your warm greetings.

    I get the message :) Chocolate is bad for chickens and animals in general for the sugar in it. But I always thought Granola bars would be just fine. Too bad, many of them have chocolate on it :-(
  8. TassieChookBoy

    TassieChookBoy New Egg

    Mar 6, 2014
    Well, that answered a question I was about to ask......... good thing I did a search first [​IMG]
  9. immel

    immel Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 8, 2013
    I have a question on the LARABAR's. The apple pie and the cherry pie seem like ok to give to the hens? I have really ever only given my hens 'whole foods'. Meaning the piece of food that we grow or buy in the produce section of the stores. Besides the scratch. I do feed them popcorn and I feed them their own eggs (scrambled).

    These LARABAR's show the ingredients to be dates, almonds, unsweetened apples, walnuts, raisins, cinnamon, unsweetened cherries. The sugar content 18% for the bar I would think would be because of those ingredients, not because of any added sugar since sugar is not on the ingredients section of the wrapper. I know... call me stupid to trust a label, that's how I am..... (not trusting labels), but I wanted to put something like this in a suet and attach to the fencing that surrounds them.


    Thank you

    Last edited: Mar 6, 2015
  10. FrizzlesRule

    FrizzlesRule Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 22, 2009
    Never never and never feed your chickens chocolate. There are other foods that aren't good for them like avacados, dry rice, citrus, candy, dry beans, salty foods, onions and any kind of junk food. My birds do love cheetos and yes I give them one or two, but not very often.
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2015

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