Is Coconut and Coconut Oil Good for Chickens ?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chirpy chicks, Nov 11, 2014.

  1. chirpy chicks

    chirpy chicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi [​IMG]
    I've 14 chickens [​IMG] and I was wondering if they would like some coconut [​IMG] ? I have two and since no one will eat them I thought the chicken's could have them ? Is Coconut good for them [​IMG] ? I've also read Coconut Oil is meant to be good for chickens (we give our dog's) is that true ?

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  2. chooks4life

    chooks4life Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, it's good for them, though the flesh itself can be hard for them to consume whole. The coconut oil is anti-giardia, one of the few things you can use to treat that, and just generally all-round good for them. I used to feed mine Copra (coconut flesh after being pressed for oil, a protein source).

    Best wishes.
     
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  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Everything in moderation...like us, they shouldn't eat too much fat.
     
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  4. chirpy chicks

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    Thanks chooks4life I've 2 coconuts and I was planning to give them half of one to see if they like it and if they do give them another bit in a week or 2 ?I have coconut oil I could also give then.Thanks for your reply :) BTW We've 14 large breed chickens 3 of whom are roosters :)

    Thanks aart I will give them a bit lo try and see if they like it half for 14 chickens should be fine. Right?
     
  5. chooks4life

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    If they overdose all that will happen is that it would have a laxative effect. ;)

    Don't worry about it. Just about anything is toxic in overdose but when it comes to natural, unrefined oils of an already nontoxic nature, all that happens is that they get the runs.

    This is a good thing in many cases, it shifts bacterial overloads, parasites, etc. It's a natural part of the average wild animal's lifecycle to have looser stools at some point; they will often eat things they have learned will cause this.

    You don't need to restrict access. Once they eat some and learn how their bodies react, they will self-regulate. Well, almost all animals will, you do get the occasional one that has no commonsense there, but it's not like it can kill itself on coconut. Unless it manages to eat the husks, or large parts of the shell, or chunks of hard flesh, and gets blocked up, of course.

    Best wishes.
     
  6. chirpy chicks

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    Well they officially love coconut I gave some to them and they dive into it they love love love it !
     
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  7. chooks4life

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    Sounds good, thanks for the update. :)
     

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