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Feeding Laying Hens Fruit

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by GrandmaCluck, Aug 27, 2009.

  1. GrandmaCluck

    GrandmaCluck Out Of The Brooder

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    I have read that you should not feed laying hens fruit - as it could stop their egg production and it may take up to 6 months to get them laying again. I noticed that watermelon is on the treat list. But No citrus. Is citrus the culprit or is it all fruit?
     
  2. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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    I give hens fruit and it never makes them stop laying. I don't know why people say that fruit is bad for hens! Maybe the big breeds don't mind treats as much as the little ones do. Puzzling.
     
  3. playswithfowl

    playswithfowl One Earth!

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    I think that is just an old wives tale. I feed all kinds of fruit to my birds and it never affected laying. My girls love fruit. [​IMG]
     
  4. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There's a lot of protein in an egg.

    There is very little protein in most fruit.

    Eggs can only be produced when the nutrients in their diet exceeds what is necessary for the maintenance of their bodies.

    As an example: If they are filling up on watermelon (and they can [​IMG]), there won't be much surplus protein for eggs.

    If they fill up on watermelon every day (I suspect they might want to [​IMG]), that might shut down egg production until they can get back on a better balanced diet.

    Steve
     
  5. Rooster1235597

    Rooster1235597 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    digitS' :

    There's a lot of protein in an egg.

    There is very little protein in most fruit.

    Eggs can only be produced when the nutrients in their diet exceeds what is necessary for the maintenance of their bodies.

    As an example: If they are filling up on watermelon (and they can [​IMG]), there won't be much surplus protein for eggs.

    If they fill up on watermelon every day (I suspect they might want to [​IMG]), that might shut down egg production until they can get back on a better balanced diet.

    Steve

    wats good to feed them as protein​
     
  6. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In poultry feed, the primary protein sources are oilseed and animal protein meals.

    Soybean meal, from which oil has been extracted, must be the most common oilseed used. Animal protein sources are meat, fish, blood, and feather meals.

    All this information (an a whole lot more) can be found in "Nutrient Requirements of Poultry: Ninth Revised Edition, 1994" from your friendly, National Academy of Sciences.

    Steve
     
  7. darkmatter

    darkmatter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:All my garden surplus/spoiled gets tossed over the fence to the chickens, sometimes that can be quite a lot---5 to 6 5gal buckets. They have a large run, I have not seen fruit/garden surplus harming the egg production. I have seen stress like predation or overly hot days slow them down.
     

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