Fruit for laying hens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by J&D's Squawk Box, Sep 23, 2009.

  1. J&D's Squawk Box

    J&D's Squawk Box Hatching

    Sep 7, 2009
    I was told fruit would cause hens to stop laying. Is this true?

  2. gkeesling

    gkeesling Songster

    Nov 24, 2008
    Hagerstown, IN
    I throw all kinds of stuff into the pen for my laying hens to eat, including fruit. They've not stopped laying.
  3. mdbokc

    mdbokc Songster

    Jun 22, 2009
    Oklahoma County, OK
    Mine get chopped bannanas and blueberries every morning. Apples, peach, cucumbers with yogurt most afternoons. 12 hens lay 11-12 eggs a day like clockwork. Not a problem.
  4. SimplyForties

    SimplyForties Songster

    May 4, 2009
    Carroll County, Va
    Mine get all sorts of random fruit, hasn't had any effect on their laying! [​IMG]

  5. animal_lover03

    animal_lover03 Songster

    Sep 4, 2009
    You can give them basically anything that humans can eat.
  6. fordmommy

    fordmommy Dancing With My Chickens

    Jul 16, 2009
    Quote:Citrus it's supposed to be good for them.

    My girls LOVE watermelon. And cantalope. And I put blueberries on their yogart sometimes. Or sometimes I put grape jelly on it. They LOVE that. My girls aren't fond of bananas though.

    Here's a link on treats to feed your chickens.
  7. Gonzo_MN

    Gonzo_MN In the Brooder

    May 5, 2009
    Plymouth, MN USA
    I have a small orchard and as soon as I let the girls out of the run they bee line it right to all the windfalls under the apple trees. No problems for me either.

  8. mdbokc

    mdbokc Songster

    Jun 22, 2009
    Oklahoma County, OK
    So interesting....plain chopped bannanas are the absolute favorite of mine.

    I am going to try the grape jelly!
  9. I have apple and pear trees. The chickens have eaten all season on what falls on the ground. Bushes of fruit. I'm getting plenty of eggs, with no problems noted. The LOVE the apples and pears!

  10. Whirlwind

    Whirlwind Songster

    Apr 14, 2007
    Tuttle, Oklahoma
    Mine love watermelon, cantaloupe and grapes the best.

    NO problems here. [​IMG]

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