honey

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by kukree, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. kukree

    kukree Out Of The Brooder

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    is it safe to give my chickens honey
     
  2. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    In what context? Straight honey, or mixed with something? And why do you want to give them the honey?

    My hens get honey when they eat leftover cornbread, for instance.
     
  3. kukree

    kukree Out Of The Brooder

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    honey has many benefits for humans and I wanted to know if it has the same effects for them. e.g it strengthens the immune system, which is necessary in the winter. how can I give it to them? would have to mix it in water or can i give it directly??
     
  4. RoostersCrow HensDeliver!

    RoostersCrow HensDeliver! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As long as the honey is raw, then yes they would getting some nutritional benefit but with the cost of raw honey now a days, it would be more cost effective to find another nutrient source.
     
  5. kukree

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    what do you mean by raw honey? any special type?
     
  6. RoostersCrow HensDeliver!

    RoostersCrow HensDeliver! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pasteurized honey won't have the beneficial nutrients that raw honey has because it has been heat treated to kill bacteria/yeast. When the honey is heat treated, it changes the chemical composition of the honey and destroys many of the vitamins among other things. Most (if not all) honey bought from a grocery store is pasteurized honey. You might have to go to a specialty store or a local hive owner for honey in its natural form.
     

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