persimmons?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by trkcChick, Jan 8, 2010.

  1. trkcChick

    trkcChick Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a case of persimmons that I got in a food cop-op. Can chickens eat them or is it bad for them? I hate to waste them.
     
  2. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

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    They can eat them as far as I know. It's just a fruit. I can't think of any reason for them not to. Hope that helps [​IMG]
     
  3. bukbugack

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    As far as I know they're fine for chickens. I have a persimmon tree and have shared some of my crop with the birds. They go berserk over them, especially if they are very ripe and mushy. Persimmons are super-healthy, and have a lot of calcium, too. Not my favorite fruit, though. Kind of slimy.
     
  4. trkcChick

    trkcChick Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks! They love to get my overflow from our co-op. They had cantaloupe today. Maybe persimmons tomorrow.
     
  5. sparkleberry

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    Hello,
    I was wondering if the persimmon seeds may harm my chickens. The seeds are very tough but easy for them to swallow since they’re coated with a slippery substance.
    I started feeding my flock of 6 two weeks ago and one was sick for a few days and just died this morning.

    Persimmons is the only change I’ve made to their diet. Just coincidence?
     
  6. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Mine routinely consume seeds of persimmons for about a month each fall. Seeds are ground by gizzard so if toxins present the birds are exposed. I have not noticed health issues.
     
  7. sparkleberry

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    Thank you for sharing your experience. Much appreciated!
     
  8. Ljc01

    Ljc01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My birds will eat any fruit that falls to the ground. They love persimmons. I find they will have loose poop at the peak of fruit season.
     
  9. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    In one of my pens, the first thing the chickens do when I open the door in the morning is to run under the persimmon tree to eat what has fallen during the night.
     
  10. sparkleberry

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    Thank you Ljc01 and ChickenCanoe!
     

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