Feeding Chickens that laying eggs fruit??????????

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by big red chicken, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. big red chicken

    big red chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I received a brocher on odering chicken from Ohio today. In the front of the book it tell you diffrent things to do and not to do for your chick or chickens. Well one of the things they talk about is feeding your chicken that lay eggs fruit. It will stop them from laying eggs is that true?
     
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Some say yay and some say neigh but I have seen it happen. It has happened to more than one BYC member who fed hens a lot of fruits.
     
  3. JessaLynn

    JessaLynn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We feed ours Watermelon,pears,apples off our property and I have never had a problem.Just don't make it there main diet.It's a treat so in moderation.
     
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  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I think anytime you go overboard with supplements to their feed you can have a decrease in laying.
    I feed my hens fruit with no decrease in laying noted, but I'm talking one banana, a small clump of grapes or maybe three figs split between 15 chickens.
     
  5. big red chicken

    big red chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So giving them too much is the problem???????? Or some say 1 apple can do it. Mine are not laying eggs yet so should I stop or continue
     
  6. big red chicken

    big red chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sorry it's 14 chickens @ 12weeks
     
  7. JessaLynn

    JessaLynn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old are your hens? Could be different reasons (molting,stress,disease,diet....) Giving them an apple a day would not cause them to suddenly stop laying.Just my experience and opinion though.
     
  8. kycrawler

    kycrawler Out Of The Brooder

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    we have about 500 free range layers and i feed them truck loads of watermelons tomatos and pumpkins during the summer and fall never hurt the hens but it wure will make hogs fat in a hurry
     
  9. montcapu

    montcapu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I ive my chickens all kinds on fruits and/or rinds and have never seen any shortages of eggs, my 11 layers keep myself and inlaws and a neighbor with plenty of eggs!!!!
     
  10. melissastraka

    melissastraka Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I give mine apple cores and melon in the summers and squash and pumpkins in the winter and have never seen a decrease in egg production but i cant say it wont happen
     

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