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maple leaves?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by OrganicGardener, Jul 23, 2011.

  1. OrganicGardener

    OrganicGardener Hatching

    Jul 19, 2011
    We had a storm last night and it took down a maple tree. Just looking at the pile of brush with the green maple leaves and wondered if the chickens can/should/will eat them? Not sure what kind of maple, maybe a silver maple.
    I am relatively new to chickens. We have had them 15 weeks and one has begun laying this week![​IMG]

  2. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    Quote:They may consume the really new leaves but on whole the leaves are likely loaded with tannins and other chemicals that either make digestion difficult or are otherwise toxic.
  3. Dutchgirl

    Dutchgirl Not Dutch!

    Apr 1, 2008
    They most likely will not. Chickens prefer to eat blades of grass and pick the seeds off more mature grass.

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