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Peanut Butter for Chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by DixieDame67, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. DixieDame67

    DixieDame67 Songster

    Jan 13, 2008
    Jonesbourgh Tennessee
    I was thinking about making a suet based treat for my chickens, i wanted to use peanut butter as the base with sunflower seeds, dried fruit , bread etc etc , my question is , Can chickens eat peanut butter?
  2. congdon476

    congdon476 GaLLiNa LOcA

    Dec 31, 2008
    Pueblo Area
    I am guessing the peanut part is ok... but the fact that they'dd be licking their beaks all day to get it off seems a bit funny. Who out there knows the real answer to this? I think regular suet is made from fats which is oilier and "goes down" easier isn't it?
  3. garnet

    garnet In the Brooder

    Jan 6, 2009
    Peoria, IL
    I'm pretty sure they can. I make treats like that for the wild birds.
  4. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    Chickens can have peanut butter.

    A straight glob of peanut butter could be hard to choke down. Mixed with something else, like a fat, is good. It makes it less sticky. Or mixed with something to make a dough is good. That's what I've done for the wild birds. I had read recommendations not to use straight peanut butter for wild birds. I don't know if the recommendations have changed. So much does! I've used suet. I've also used shortening, before trans-fatty acids got a bad name! [​IMG]

    Things like cornmeal, seeds, nuts and dried fruits are good. I'm sure they'd love the bread, too.
  5. HennysMom

    HennysMom Keeper of the Tiara

    my girls LOVEEEEEEEEEE peanut butter sandwhiches LOL! I just make one up and then break it in smaller pieces and put it in their special treats bowl and they go insane for it! [​IMG]

    I've also made them a homemade bird flock using:

    wheat bread
    2 eggs
    bird seed (good quality one - millet, sunflowers, cracked corn, etc)
    molassass (just a little bit)
    peanut butter
    oatmeal *dry*
    cream of wheat *dry*
    peanuts (halved)
    water (small amount)

    then I mix it all together in a big bowl and bake it in the oven on a sheet pan on about 200 for about an hour. It comes out looking *and smelling* like granola - so much so that my DH and kids almost ate it [​IMG]
  6. toyzbox

    toyzbox Songster

    Jan 27, 2009
    Crestview, Fl
    I don't know how helpful this is but I have parrots. I give them PB all the time but I mix it with a little wheat germ oil (good for the skin and feathers). But it takes alot of the sticky factor out of it.
  7. ricky bamboo

    ricky bamboo In the Brooder

    Sep 3, 2008
    Roseville, Ontario.
    My chickens (and rabbits) love my sons crusts from PB sandwiches. It's turned into his excuse for not eating them. "But what about the chickens?"
  8. Lobzi

    Lobzi Crowing 10 Years

    Mine share my PB&J sandwiches with me any chance they get. Actually I think it is the bread and the jelly they like the best.
  9. omelette'smom

    omelette'smom Songster

    Sep 9, 2008
    New Hampshire
    Someone on here was really clever and made pb and seed sandwiches and put them in hanging suet baskets for their girls! Kept the sandwiches from getting dirty!
  10. Forgive me if this has already been established, but would peanut butter provide them with protien? Like how it would effect a human? [​IMG] Just curious.

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