How 'bout apple peels??

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by peggyb43, Feb 22, 2009.

  1. peggyb43

    peggyb43 Out Of The Brooder

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    I just peeled some apples to make fried apples and wondered if the chickens can eat the peels. It seems a shame to waste them.
     
  2. Sparks

    Sparks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes they can..Also the seeds and other bits you do not use.[​IMG]
     
  3. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You may not want to feed too many apple seeds to anything. They contain cyanogenic glycosides - releasing cyanide during digestion. I don't suppose they would normally be eaten in lethal amounts but who knows how many a bored chicken would eat if a lot of seeds were around in the pen.
    I've always felt pretty good about throwing away peelings from fruit that I was pretty sure had been sprayed with pesticides [​IMG].

    Steve
     
  4. wohneli

    wohneli Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think it takes a bunch of apple seeds to be harmful!
     
  5. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've read that a cup of seeds was reported to have killed some idiot . . .

    I give my hens apple cores.

    Steve
     
  6. noriko

    noriko Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chicken love the apples too. But you might have to be careful with the apple skin. People use a lot of chemical for the apples to keep the bugs away from them. [​IMG] Noriko.
     
  7. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    I am sure if the skin is washed and you don't feed a ton of the seeds you should be fine, when mine swarm to apples each bird only get's a taste.

    AL
     

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