Feeding pears

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

  1. denabry

    denabry Out Of The Brooder

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Chicken Obsessed

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    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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