Medlar for a chicken treat. Good idea?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by MargaretYakoda, Sep 27, 2013.

  1. MargaretYakoda

    MargaretYakoda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Today, after a long Dr appointment, when I got home, without thinking about whether or not it might be a good idea, I picked one of our medlars and took it to the girls to see if they'd eat it at all (I just wanted a little quality time with my girls!). I thought they'd take one bite of the medlar and spit it out. Nope. They LOVED it! They totally ignored the zucchini slices I gave them.

    So, here's my question: Should I go easy on the medlars? Or would it be safe to feed the girls one every couple days or so?

    For clarification, this was a medlar straight off the tree. It wasn't bletted. And once they got their beaks on it they just tore into it.
     
  2. MargaretYakoda

    MargaretYakoda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bump.
    Anyone?
     
  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    The only thing I see is that Medlars straight off the bushes are high in tannins, think I would make sure they are bletted if you are going to feed many of them.
    http://www.ansci.cornell.edu/plants/toxicagents/tannin.html
    " In poultry, small quantities of tannins in the diet cause adverse effects
    levels from 0.5 to 2.0% can cause depression in growth and egg production,
    levels from 3 to 7% can cause death. "
     
  4. MargaretYakoda

    MargaretYakoda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yipes! OK so no more medlars (at least, not until I figure out the exact level of tannins in our medlars)! THANKYOU!
     

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