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Feeding pears

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by denabry, Sep 11, 2014.

  1. denabry

    denabry In the Brooder

    Sep 10, 2014
    I've heard the pear seeds contain arsenic. I currently canning pears and wanted to give the left overs to my flock. Is it safe?
  2. CrazyTalk

    CrazyTalk Songster

    Jun 10, 2014
    Yes, it's safe.

    Yes, pear seeds contain cyanide, but there's just not much there. To poison yourself, you'd need to save up a couple of bushels worth of seeds, grind em up to a powder, and eat them all at the same time (and not eat anything else). It would take less to kill your birds, but you're not accidentally going to do it.
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  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging 9 Years

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    Poisoning is about dosage. They physically can’t eat enough pear or apple seeds to get enough arsenic to harm themselves.

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