Fruit for layers

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by TimM, Oct 10, 2010.

  1. TimM

    TimM Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 8, 2010
    I just got my WONDERFUL Meyer Hatchery catalog today. I used to think that my three new Golden Buffs were all I could desire, but now I want five of each variety!

    Anyhow, the 'Care of Poultry" section at the front of the catalog says this:

    "Don't feed fruit to layers, since it can cause them to stop laying and it may take them as long as six weeks to start laying again."

    Yikes! Mine love cut up pears and apples, and they go nuts over grapes. I guess I've got to stop. I see plenty of references to fruit feeding here, so what's up? Thoughts???

  2. booker81

    booker81 Redneck Tech Girl

    Apr 18, 2010
    Never had a problem here....all summer, we fed melon and watermelon to keep them cool, and they get all the scraps from my canning. Some were laying in the summer, and some started laying (got them in April). There didn't seem to be any delay in laying, or ceased laying. They still get a lot of scraps with fruit in them (the neighbor also feeds them their scraps - with my permission). My RSL started laying right on 20 weeks, and my RIR started at 24 weeks, the rest at 26 weeks. They got fruit the whole time.
  3. Pet Duck Boy

    Pet Duck Boy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 12, 2009
    Orlando, FL
    Like the above poster, I fed watermelon 3-4 times a week during summer. My girls loved them, and always laid 4-5 eggs a day out of 5 hens.
  4. Meyer Hatchery

    Meyer Hatchery Out Of The Brooder

    May 21, 2010
    Polk, Ohio
    It is more a warning to stay away from high acid fruits such as oranges, etc. It can stop your hens from laying, it doesn't mean that they will stop laying. I hope that clears it up!
  5. PepsNick

    PepsNick Back to Business

    May 9, 2010
    Egglanta, GA
    Watermelon, grapes, or blueberries. You could also try pokeberries, but DON'T eat them yourself, they are poisonous to humans. But not to birds.
  6. RedfogsFlock

    RedfogsFlock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 17, 2010
    Wittmann, AZ
    Our girls never stopped laying ha ha! My DH brings them home fruit cocktail 2 days a week, big veges one day a week, & salad mix 2 days a week. Never had any problems here! If they don't have fruit cocktail then it's always some other fruit.

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