Now the next dumb question

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by hbwbk, Dec 3, 2011.

  1. hbwbk

    hbwbk Out Of The Brooder

    I bought dry roasted plain peanuts in the shell I have been de shelling them to give to them.
    Can they eat the shells?
  2. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    Probably wouldn't hurt them, but I don't know why they would want to eat them.

    If you want to throw the peanuts out without shelling them, you could try it. I suggest something different for chicken treats, though.
  3. Clay Mudd

    Clay Mudd Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2011
    South MS swamps
    If they're like mine, they'll break the peanuts out of the shells and eat them.

    Then eat the shells. [​IMG]
  4. hbwbk

    hbwbk Out Of The Brooder

    My girls love the peanuts. Just takes time to shell them.
    So maybe it will give them something to do. They are in a pen all day.
    They do not like cabbage to much other wise I would hang one just to see if they would eat it.
    Thanks for the quick response.
  5. TroutsChicks

    TroutsChicks Fluffy Stuffins

    Jun 5, 2011
    baxter Tn
    you could put them in between some towels and use a rolling pin to break them up better for them.
  6. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    Can they eat the shells?

    I doubt anything will eat the shells except maybe termites​
  7. chickbliss

    chickbliss Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 17, 2009
    Santa Ynez, CA
    My girls don't eat the shells. I don't give them peanuts on purpose but I've seen them find the ones hidden by the scrub jays. (I do feed peanuts in the shells to the scrub jays, who hide them in the mulch where the chickens like to scratch.) They (the chickens) seem to have a good time slamming the peanuts into the ground until they break the shells and get to the nuts inside, which then take several pecks to eat. Yeah, you could make it easier for them, but as you said, it gives them something to do.
  8. stormylady

    stormylady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2008
    Peanuts are one of Zues favorite treats. I just give the shell and all , He opens them hisself. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2011
  9. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Mine will eat the peanut shells that the Squirrels and Stellar Jays drop. They also will break open peanuts and eat the nut and shell. I buy the raw peanuts from the feedstore.
    I don't think that the shells have much in the way of nutrition to them.


    btw- Not a dumb question.
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2011

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