oak leaves

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jprice2ndlt, Sep 29, 2009.

  1. jprice2ndlt

    jprice2ndlt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    is is ok for chickens to eat oak leaves. I had to intergrate some of my chickens today and i made them a hideout with some oak limbs and i wanted to make sure the leaves wouldnt hurt them
     
  2. Sillystunt

    Sillystunt Master of the Silly

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    mine live under an oak. they have lived there with the leaves for 20 months. They should be OK!
     
  3. jprice2ndlt

    jprice2ndlt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks
     
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    G Wiz Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine live under Red oaks and white oaks and Scrub oaks, I think the oaks a different over here in CALF, but I think you will ok. Make sure they have grit to keep their crops clear.
     
  5. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    Shouldn't but if it were many other animals I'd say remove the leaves. Oak is high in tannins which can cause health problems for mammals. As a generally rule don't purposely feed oak leaves to anything. I wouldn't worry about chickens finding them on their own though.
     
  6. Im4dabirds

    Im4dabirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What about the acorns? We have three different kinds of oaks in the yard and tons of acorns, large medium and small.
     
  7. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    Acorns would be fine. The hulls still contain tannins but animals rarely eat that and it's not nearly as much as what's found in bark and leaves. My stock tanks turn brown and have to be emptied more frequently in the fall because of all the stuff falling off the oak tree and releasing tannins into the water.
     

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