Feeding Acorns to Chickens

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by AmoPullam, Dec 2, 2013.

  1. AmoPullam

    AmoPullam Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 27, 2013
    Is it okay to feed acorns to my hens? Even the ones that are bruised? And have grubs in them? I have in the past, and nothing has happened to them, but I was just wondering. Thanks for taking the time to read.
  2. BrickWall Honey

    BrickWall Honey Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 24, 2013
    Accomac, Va.
    Any of the white oak acorns will be fine for sure, grubs will be fought for. I would not give them any that were overly moldy or rotted. The red oak acorns will be bitter and not sure they'd take them.

    Most wild animals and larger birds (turkeys) love white oak acorns. They are low in protein content, but very high in fats and carbohydrates. Live oaks and the red oaks acorns will have the high tannic acid contents which most wildlife will avoid.
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I don't have any for my birds, but the wild turkeys around here sure love them!

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