peanuts for chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by spish, Sep 23, 2011.

  1. spish

    spish De Regenboog Kippetjes

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    i've been given a 5kg bag of nutmix (theres cashew, walnut, monkey nuts etc in it) they are not salted or flavoured as far as i can see....just 'dried'

    are these chicken safe??
     
  2. stoopid

    stoopid Chicken Fairy Godmother

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    My birds LOVE them, but they are a little fatty, use as a treat.
     
  3. Animalian

    Animalian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The only nut I would be worried about is macadamias. Only because they can cause paralysis in some species.

    My hens get peanuts ALL the time though. I even cover pine cones in peanut butter and stick scratch to it for a hanging treat!
     
  4. gjensen

    gjensen Overrun With Chickens

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    I have read that though peanuts can be part of the bird's diet, that it should not be more than 5% of the diet. I would take that as yes you can feed peanuts to your birds, but in moderation (like most things).
     
  5. Alethea

    Alethea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Peanuts are fine. Some brands of feed use them. Make sure they are not salted, also that they do not replace their feed, which is formulated to be a balanced diet.
     
  6. krcote

    krcote Chillin' With My Peeps

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    MY birds love them, feed away!
     
  7. Hinotori

    Hinotori Silver Feathers Premium Member

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    Mine love peanuts. I give them as a treat once or twice a week. I've never had other nuts to give them.
     
  8. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    My chickens eat tiny amounts of unsalted peanuts every day in their mix. I have fed other nuts too that were a little too old and stale for us. Yes just watch they aren't salty. I have soaked and washed salty nuts for them before (the salty ones I only used as a treat just in case even though they were washed).
     
  9. amydzek

    amydzek Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oh awesome! I didnt know this!! I am going to pick up some peanuts for them tomorrow when I go get hay!
     
  10. Omah09

    Omah09 Out Of The Brooder

    Do you chop the peanuts up first?
     

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