Gave them the juicer rejects mixed with kefir. Is citrus bad for them?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by joebryant, Dec 13, 2010.

  1. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    My wife made juice last night with the Jack Lalane juicer. She put in apples, oranges, lemons, celery, carrots, cucumber, ginger, blueberries, and broccoli. I put all the ground remains in a bowl and poured kefir over it, sprinkled some bird seed on it, and took it out to the chickens. They seemed to like it, especially since it was covered with kefir; they love kefir.
    Was it alright to give them those shredded orange and lemon parts. Seems like I read somewhere on BYC that you're not supposed to give them citrus fruit. Is that right?
  2. chickensducks&agoose

    chickensducks&agoose Chillin' With My Peeps

    as far as I know, citrus isn't good for them. I don't think broccoli is good either. hope they're alright!
  3. MuranoFarms

    MuranoFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2009
    Boyers, Pa
    chickensducks&agoose :

    as far as I know, citrus isn't good for them. I don't think broccoli is good either. hope they're alright!

    I give mine broccoli all the time. In the summer they destroyed 4 broccoli plants. Picked them clean! lol​
  4. bigspringshatchery

    bigspringshatchery Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 26, 2010
    Roanoke Alabama
    Citrus is on the do not feed list of the treat chart but doesn't say why. As far as broccoli is on the ok to feed list.
  5. Mak

    Mak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 12, 2009
    Londonderry, NH
    I don't know about chickens, but I do know some birds should not have citrus because it can cause a build up of excess iron in the bird's system. I do know that most info I've found on treats says not to feed citrus, but don't really say why.

    I would think a little probably won't hurt.
  6. sydney13

    sydney13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2010
    citrus is not good to be fed because of the acidity which will cause digestive problems and give them stomach aches. however, before I knew this I often used to feed one of my chickens citrus fruits because she was the only one who like the taste of them (coincidence that her name happens to be clementine [​IMG] ) and she was totally fine.
    I think broccoli is bad for chickens because it will give them gas and birds are unable to pass gas [​IMG]
  7. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

    May 8, 2007
    I've fed all those foods to my parrot for 20 years, without a problem. He eats a balanced diet, not an excess of any one food. Lots of parrot breeders and owners feed a mash diet that includes a small amount of citrus, along with the other ingredients. I wouldn't have a problem with my chickens eating any of the foods my parrot eats. I don't see that a small amount of citrus is that much different than feeding tomatoes and pineapple, that one of the posts I've read saying not to feed citrus has no problem with. They are all acidic foods.
  8. NoseyChickens

    NoseyChickens Feathers On The Ground

    Aug 3, 2009
    Southern California
    I have heard it is on the do not feed list. I also think I read somewhere that it will cause them to stop laying. Not permately. Just for a few weeks

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