Okay, how about cherries?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by David Stratton, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. David Stratton

    David Stratton New Egg

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    We have a pie cherry tree that produces a LOT of cherries. I picked some off the ground and gave them to the girls. I figured they would do like the Robins and pick off the flesh from the pits. I saw at least one of them toss down the whole thing. Mind you these are not giant sweet cherries but the smaller tart pie variety, maybe 5/8" in diameter. Relatively speaking the pits seem like they might be a bit much for a chicken since I seriously doubt they will be digested and will probably have to pass the digestive system whole. What do you think do they get cherries or not. By the way, I am not about to pit cherries for the chickens. David
     
  2. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

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    How big are the pits? I would only worry that they might wind up with a bunch in their crop and then they would get impacted.
     
  3. hessjero

    hessjero New Egg

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    my girls eat cherries whole, just the size you describe, every year and haven't had any trouble
     
  4. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a black cherry tree in the corner of my chicken yard--the cherries, with pits, are the size of a good-sized pea. When they get ripe the chickens stand under there and wait for the fruit to fall so they can scarf it down whole--been there for 25 year and, thus far, haven't lost a chicken to cherry pitted impacted crop.
     
  5. Whimsy

    Whimsy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I fed mine cherries from our pie cherry tree and they just passed the pits. They loved them. Oh a word of advice...(DO NOT feed cherries to your chickens in sandals after getting a pedicure with cherry red polish) well unless you are very good at doing a jig tryiong to keep your toes safe. My DH laughed so hard at me [​IMG]
     

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