Do CHICKENS eat acorns?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by DLS, Oct 17, 2008.

  1. DLS

    DLS Songster

    I have BIG,BIG,BIG old water oak trees in my yard & quite a few of them . THESE TREES ARE HUGE and drop the smaller size acorns by the MILLIONS, no kidding millions a day, the ground is thick with these things you can't walk it is like marbles.. they are just starting to drop pretty good right now
    I wonder do these laying hens eat acorns? If so ,,,,, I have a great free food fo my gals.
    Any one know about this?:cool:
  2. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    I don't know about poultry but too many acorns can be poisonous to cattle.
  3. Mrs.Puff

    Mrs.Puff Songster

    Apr 16, 2008
    Southern Iowa
    YES-- They will eat acorns. They can't eat them unless they're crushed though. You can gather lots of them and run them through a corn grinder, or run over them, or whatever you want. Sounds like you have red oaks, which should have bright orange meats in the nuts. yes yes yes, save feed $ and give them some acorns. Mine eat them all the time.
  4. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

    Jan 18, 2008
    Newman Lake, WA
    I was under the impression that they contained arsenic (sp?) and too much could kill an animal.
  5. Mrs.Puff

    Mrs.Puff Songster

    Apr 16, 2008
    Southern Iowa
    Well, squirrels and pigs eat bazillions of them every year, as well as deer and turkeys. I recently read a thing in Backyard Poultry magazine that a lady collected acorns and ground them up for her birds. Nobody argued. I think it's safe! [​IMG]
  6. DLS

    DLS Songster

    NOW ---- I need one of y'all to send , sell or give me a grinder [​IMG]
  7. 1acrefarm

    1acrefarm Songster

    Nov 3, 2007
    Dls if you want a crude way of breaking those acorn shells without a grinder just tie a bunch in an old pillow case and smack them with a hammer repeatedly or run over them with a car tire. Dump the pillow case in run and the chickens should have fun.
  8. Sugar Sand Farm

    Sugar Sand Farm Songster

    Apr 24, 2007
    North Florida
    Good to know I have been collecting them and giving them to the turkeys and pigs butI thought they were to big for the chickens Duh never thought about crushing them

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