Do chickens like orange peel?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Dragonfly Ranch, Jun 22, 2009.

  1. Dragonfly Ranch

    Dragonfly Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 13, 2009
    Happy Valley, CA
    Just learning different things to feed chickens - so I just peeled an orange and started to put peel in compost bucket when I thought may be the girls would like this? Yes/No may be so
  2. tackyrama

    tackyrama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 14, 2008
    Central Minnesota USA
    In my experience our chickens do not like any citrus stuff. It goes into the compost.
  3. cybercat

    cybercat Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2007
    Greeneville, Tn
    No citrus for chickens.
  4. ThePamperedPullet

    ThePamperedPullet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Our chickens love oranges but do not eat the peels. The will eat grapefruit but don't care for it as much. We have never had any problems arrise from feeding our citrus.
  5. OrpingtonManor

    OrpingtonManor Building the Castle

    Nov 15, 2008
    Martinez, CA
    mine will not touch citrus. it grows freely here. the deer eat it, the chickens don't
  6. cdimmey

    cdimmey Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 1, 2016
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    MILOCHICKEN Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 27, 2016
    Wellsburg, NY
    My Coop
    My grandpa said that he thought that he heard chickens shouldn't eat orange peels.
  8. FlyWheel

    FlyWheel Chillin' With My Peeps

    In my experience nothing likes anything citrus. Not chickens, not ducks, geese, potbellied pigs, horses, not even goats (pigmy). Leaves, fruit, rinds, they hate it all.[​IMG] It was the only garden/lawn litter we had to throw into the city compost bin.

    Makes me wonder how the trees manage to spread their seeds anywhere.
  9. handydad

    handydad Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 23, 2015
    My girls will eat ANYTHING fruit or vegetable wise as long as it is chopped up or ground down to their size and sometimes I will mix it in with a cup of scratch or cracked corn, including orange and other citrus peels ( I am talking about the peel from one or two, not a bushel of peel gotten from a processing facility)!
    A pound of citrus peel has about 432 calories ( along with some vitamin C, and a study has shown that the oils in the peel cut down on harmful pathogens in their digestive tract (furrytips,com).
    So as long as you have the time and the tools to grind or chop it up small enough for their crop, why throw away free food?
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2016
  10. chickluvinfreak

    chickluvinfreak Chillin' With My Peeps

    I've read citrus is bad for chickens, but not sure :confused: I'd stay on the safe side and not feed them any oranges. I doubt they would like the taste anyways

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