onion peelings?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by cluckin tractor, Jan 15, 2011.

  1. cluckin tractor

    cluckin tractor Chillin' With My Peeps

    i have a divided coop and store the onions in the un used side
    i peel the loose layers off the onions along with the dry stalk when the onions are ready onto the floor

    i sometimes put a chook or two in their when i need to

    can the onions do harm to the chooks?

    can it be benificial?
  2. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    My birds have never shown any interest in onion peelings at all. Nor in fresh onions even when chopped up. Now cooked onions is another thing entire.
  3. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    Here's a comprehensive list of plants toxic to chickens. (A little too comprehensive, as in the list is a little too over the top.) Onions are actually toxic to chickens. I don't know what quantities would prove to be detrimental, however. I have heard/read from several sources that onions are toxic to chickens, so this is one instance that I may not "test the theory" as it has been reported by several sources as being fact.

    Hope this helps. Good luck.
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I throw my onion skins/ends etc out with the rest of the scraps all the time. Complete disintrest. I've never seen a chicken even give one a test taste. Dog won't eat them either. My compost is going to be all onion!
  5. elizabethbinary

    elizabethbinary Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    I freeze my onion skins and leftovers with my chicken necks for when I make chicken stock. Gives it flavour and after you've collected enough you don't need use a precious whole onion making stock.

    My ducks have tried to eat onion skins. He dips them repeatedly into the water and gets angry when they don't disintigrate and then loses interest.
  6. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

    Aug 20, 2010
    Onions always show on lists of things toxic to birds because they are toxic to mammals. But my cockatiel loves onions. I asked my Avian vet and she told me that onions cause symptoms in things like dogs and other mammals but no one has ever shown that onions or garlic (which my bird also loves) are indeed toxic to chickens or any other birds.

    My cockatiel says Go for it. It won't hurt them.
  7. cluckin tractor

    cluckin tractor Chillin' With My Peeps

    i think i might have mis worded the inquiry

    i wouldn't feed the peelings i was just going to use them as a litter
    sorry everyone

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by