Moldy Bread as treat for chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by AllChookUp, Oct 17, 2011.

  1. AllChookUp

    AllChookUp Will Shut Up for Chocolate

    May 7, 2008
    Frozen Lake, MN
    In Buff Hooligans' "Treats Chart", she lists stale bread as an acceptable treat for chickens.

    I have some good bread that got moldy (OK, call it "mouldy" if you're so inclined). It's not real bad, so I think it's OK to feed as an extra treat to the chickens.

    Is this a line that some of you will not cross? Just curious....
  2. downtownjb80

    downtownjb80 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 1, 2011
    Newton Aycliffe
    I have given my girls bread with a few spots of green on, but I wouldn't if it had gone too far. I was told that anything that is acceptable for you to eat is acceptable for chickens (but I don't think a bit of mould would hurt, my girls eat polystyrene!).
  3. airmechreed

    airmechreed Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 17, 2011
    Colorado Springs
    I have heard that mold can kill chickens....Don't know how true.....I won't give my chickens anything I would not eat. I have also heard that Bread is bad for chickens too.....Don't know how true that is either. I'm not much help am I ?
  4. OregonChickenGal

    OregonChickenGal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2010
    Central Oregon
    Mold is bad, don't do it.
  5. afchicken

    afchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 7, 2011
    mold is actually good it contains penicilan ive fed my chickens some pretty moldy stuff with no side effects
  6. KandiandJerry

    KandiandJerry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:X2 No Mold.....
  7. DancingHen

    DancingHen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2011
    Central Oregon Coast
    I have heard/read from several sources that mold, even a small amount, can be deadly to chickens. I don't know for sure myself, but feel it's better to be safe than sorry. Thus I don't give my birds anything moldy. I also read that bread is not a good food choice if given a lot all the time simply because it does not have enough nutrients the birds needs, but as a trat now and then I can't imagine it would hurt. I give bread scraps to my chickens. One last note...I also read that dry bread can get stuck up in a chickens crop because it swells when it gets wet causing it to get larger after the bird already filled it's crop to capacity.....again, not sure if this is true or not, but read that it can be a good idea to moisten the bread before feeding it to them so that it has already swelled and they eat the right amount. I'm sure, though, that throwing bread scraps to the chickens will not hurt them.
  8. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    Quote:Penicillin is derived from ONE type of mold (I believe it generally grows on fruit). Many molds are toxic.
  9. Orchid

    Orchid Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 10, 2010
    North Central MN
    Quote:Stale bread, yes. Moldy bread, no.
  10. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    My opinion - Never. I'd never give moldy anything to my chickens.

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