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fruit makes them stop laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cracked_egg, Jul 10, 2010.

  1. cracked_egg

    cracked_egg Chirping

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    So I have a hatchery catalog that says don't feed them fruit, it can make them stop laying, and take up to 6 weeks to re-start.
     

  2. vstoltzfus

    vstoltzfus Songster

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    Hmmm. I feed mine fruit, and they eat all the lower berries off my bushes, and that hasn't affected their laying at all. Did it say what kind of fruit?
     
  3. mgw

    mgw Songster

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    I hope fruit isnt bad I just fed ours nectorines today & they gonna lay first egg any day. hope someone comes along soon with definite answer for you!
     
  4. Dar

    Dar Crowing

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    they say citrus is a no no for that reason... i feed mine citrus with no ill affects
     
  5. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

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    I've never heard of this! If your worried about it do a search on the forum or on google! I'm sure you'll find what your looking for!

    Missi
     
  6. Dingleberry

    Dingleberry Songster

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    Mine love bluberries, watermellon. cantalop and have layed the same as before I gave them fruit.
     
  7. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Songster

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    Maybe they're worried that someone will try to feed them ONLY fruit? That diet wouldn't have enough protein to sustain egg laying. [​IMG]
     

  8. Dar

    Dar Crowing

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    sometimes I wonder how much it truth based on actual science, and how much is wives tale?

    we all know its dangerous to swim after eating right?... LOL [​IMG]
     
  9. tammyd57

    tammyd57 Songster

    I have always fed my chickens fruit and never had any egg laying issues from it.

    I think, like most things, it depends how much you give them. Too much of anything is bad.
     
  10. cracked_egg

    cracked_egg Chirping

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    I have read how people feed their chickens fruit, but this catalog says not to, so I was just wondering what the deal is... Makes sensse that they shouldn't fill up on fruit... I'll rre-read it in a bit [​IMG].
     

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