feeding cabbage

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Herself, May 27, 2010.

  1. Herself

    Herself Out Of The Brooder

    May 3, 2010
    I'm confused about feeding my chickens cabbage. It's on the list as ok to feed, and I noticed posts about people feeding cabbage, but I clicked on one of the lists plants to avoid, and cabbage leaves were on it. Should I let them have it or not?
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Mine are fine with lettuce but their laying slows when I give them straight cabbage.

    I have no idea why.

    They LOVE, LOVE, LOVE cauliflower (and broccoli) and it's leaves and they just keep a laying.
  3. kristen2678

    kristen2678 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2009
    North Berwick Maine
    I have no problem with cabbage. They love it.
  4. queenbeezz

    queenbeezz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2010
    I hang a small head of cabbage, lettuce or an ear of fresh corn in the coop and they love it, they will peck it down to nothing in a day. I also feed table scraps. All they have to see is a paper plate and they all come running.
  5. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    Cabbage is fine to feed to poultry. So long as you're not trying to feed them ONLY cabbage it's not going to hurt them and will do them some good.
  6. Bat Cave Silkies

    Bat Cave Silkies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 11, 2010
    Bat Cave, NC
    I think my girls would go on strike if they didn't get their shredded cabbage [​IMG]
    I run carrots, green cabbage, and purple cabbage through the food processor and serve them a heaping bowl every morning. Its one of the few ways I've found to get fresh greens in their diet; especially since they can't really "free range" and keep their pens stripped of greenery [​IMG]
  7. blk90s13

    blk90s13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 16, 2009
    only thing I dont give my flock is onion other than that all table scrap goes to them and they eat all of it

    if we have rice or salad with oil / dressing I usually rinse it to avoid giving them oil
  8. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    Cabbage does contain small amounts of a substance that is not good for chickens or humans. A whole lot of foods contain something that is not good for chickens or humans. There was a recent story about a woman who ate a few pounds of Bok Choi every day and her thyroid eventually shut down. I hate to think what that much roughage did to her digestive system.

    If you feed them massive amounts of anything, including cabbage and things related to cabbage, then they could have problems. If you feed them moderate amounts of treats, their bodies will process the "poisons" and eliminate them, causing no harm. If you eat massive amounts of anything, then you could be causing harm to yourself. I remember a story a few years back where a woman drank enough water to kill herself as part of a radio contest to see how much water she could drink before she went to the bathroom.
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  9. Evangelina

    Evangelina Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 20, 2013
    What age can i start feeding my chickens cabbage? 2 weeks old?
  10. randy68

    randy68 New Egg

    Mar 19, 2013
    Watermellon yummmm chickens love it.

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