Feeding Pecans to poultry?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by HallFamilyFarm, Jan 5, 2011.

  1. HallFamilyFarm

    HallFamilyFarm APA ETL#195

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    Has anyone ever fed Pecans to poultry?

    We have some left over from 2009 season. They have lost their flavor and was wondering if I could give them to our chickens, bantams, ducks and geese. We have about 100# or more. Would be a waste to just throw the Pecans out.

    If we can feed the Pecans, then I have to find an easier way to crack them. No crackers available in our area.

    Pecans Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
    Energy 2,889 kJ (690 kcal)
    Carbohydrates 13.86
    Starch 0.46
    Sugars 3.97
    Dietary fiber 9.6
    Fat 71.97
    saturated 6.18
    monounsaturated 40.801
    polyunsaturated 21.614
    Protein 9.17
    Water 3.52
    Vitamin A 56 IU
    - beta-carotene 29 ìg (0%)
    - lutein and zeaxanthin 17 ìg
    Thiamine (Vit. B1) 0.66 mg (51%)
    Riboflavin (Vit. B2) .13 mg (9%)
    Niacin (Vit. B3) 1.167 mg (8%)
    Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.863 mg (17%)
    Vitamin B6 0.21 mg (16%)
    Folate (Vit. B9) 22 ìg (6%)
    Vitamin C 1.1 mg (2%)
    Vitamin E 1.4 mg (9%)
    Vitamin K 3.5 ìg (3%)
    Calcium 70 mg (7%)
    Iron 2.53 mg (20%)
    Magnesium 121 mg (33%)
    Manganese 4.5 mg (225%)
    Phosphorus 277 mg (40%)
    Potassium 410 mg (9%)
    Sodium 0 mg (0%)
    Zinc 4.53 mg (45%)
    Percentages are relative to US recommendations for adults.
    Source: USDA Nutrient database

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  2. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    Idaho
    Nothing wrong with feeding them to your chickens. I suggest putting them in a large bag and walking/stomping on it to break them up and just let the chickens pick out the nut meat.
     
  3. HallFamilyFarm

    HallFamilyFarm APA ETL#195

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    Was also wondering if there was any nutrition in the shells. Maybe calcium or something. I know some use the shells as mulch.
     
  4. Ms.FuzzyButts

    Ms.FuzzyButts Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 5, 2009
    North Alabama
    My pecan tree is surrounded by a circle driveway.. So when I let mine out in the evenings, they bum-rush the driveway to get at the crushed ones!!
     
  5. mulewagon

    mulewagon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We give mine our cracked nutshells - they love them, from any kind of nut. They eat both the shells and the bits of nutmeat.
     

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