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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by allquackedup, Jan 26, 2010.
Is it safe for chickens and ducks to eat grapes?
Mine love grapes, but they love them so much that they WILL swallow them whole in a feeding frenzy, or to keep the others from getting them, so they can be a choking hazard.
I always cut my grapes up, as I do have a piggy hen named Lily that actually did choke and would have actually choked to death on it had I not been there to smack her and get it down. That is why I always cut mine, cuz of my silly Lily. Before that, never realized a bird COULD choke.
Grapes are also one my girls favorites and I too cut them in half.
Yup! I cut mine as well. I also cut grape tomatoes up ... just seems yummier that way!
My ladies' fave treat. I don't cut, but there's a grapevine that drops ripe grapes into the yard all fall, so they seem to know to pierce them before swallowing.
My Dellies love them - I have only tried green seedless grapes and I quarter them, as mine are only 12 weeks old.
i take the red grapes off my FIL's vine so they wouldn't attract rats, the only thing i can poss think is that if the grapes are on the vine too long they can ferment, so you could end up with a drunk flock!
A relative gave me a big bucket of small grapes last summer. The chickens acted like it was the greatest treat they ever had. The grapes were very small and so I did not cut them in half.
Feeding grapes is hysterical! (One at a time) There is nothing like a game of "chicken grape rugby". Puts the kids in stitches every time.
I used to cut grapes up before feeding them to the chickens, then I saw a few of them swallow whole figs and stopped cutting up the grapes.