Do CHICKENS eat acorns?

DLS

Songster
11 Years
Mar 15, 2008
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100 miles SOUTH of Atlanta
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:
 

Mrs.Puff

Songster
11 Years
Apr 16, 2008
627
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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.
 

Mrs.Puff

Songster
11 Years
Apr 16, 2008
627
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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!
 

1acrefarm

Songster
12 Years
Nov 3, 2007
1,212
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Georgia
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.
 

Sugar Sand Farm

Songster
12 Years
Apr 24, 2007
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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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