Orange!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by hansolo, May 25, 2011.

  1. hansolo

    hansolo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got home found peels of an orange!
    My neighbour has a tree and oranges fall into our yard. Chicks never are interested but today?!
    What happens to chicken if they ingest oranges?
     
  2. kla37

    kla37 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've read before that chickens aren't supposed to eat citrus, but no one has ever told me why. I don't know if it's an old myth or not. Are your chooks OK?
     
  3. hansolo

    hansolo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they seemed okay, but I am a worrier.
     
  4. NanaLantana

    NanaLantana Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Too bad it wasn't mangoes - it's mango season in Florida, and my chickens love 'em!
     
  5. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've heard people say that, but my chickens peck at citrus, and i've never seen any ill effects. They're generally not interested in the peel.
     
  6. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Quote:They will be just fine.

    I keep hearing people saying that citrus is bad for them but I have yet seen any prof to the mater in fact if citrus was so bad for them why would they include it in some commercial poultry feed and citrus acid is used in livestock/poultry electrolytes so they will be just fine.

    Chris
     
  7. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Citrus is blamed for many things:
    decreased laying
    stopped laying
    thin shells
    pecking
    and death

    I also have never seen proof. This seems to be one of those myths.

    Imp- I am extremely skeptical.
     
  8. GiddyMoon

    GiddyMoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have read posts from many people who say they feed citrus and have no issues. I have a feeling this is one more..I had an issue with something and threw an orange in...I blame it on the orange,....better tell everyone..and it snowballed thanks to the internet..
     
  9. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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  10. hansolo

    hansolo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Everybody seems in good spirit and appetite this morning. I noticed some red stuff in the dropping, not sure what it is, shedding of intestine or food or, i hope not blood. Not sure if it had to do with oranges.
     

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