Red Cabbage

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jeremy, Jan 10, 2010.

  1. jeremy

    jeremy CA Royal Blues

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    I've got an extra head of red cabbage in my fridge that I though about hanging in the girls run for them to peck at, I just wanted to know if cabbage was okay for the hens to eat? I've been told that you shouldn't really feed them things from the brassica family?
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Just don't be surprised if they get gassy!
     
  3. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    It was posted a few days back about feeding cabbage to chickens. It's O.K. but beware of chicken "gas".
     
  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    They'll love cabbage. Be forewarned- I think purple cabbage will change their poop to neon blue or some color. It's normal but scary if you are not expecting it.

    Imp
     
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  5. joedie

    joedie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've fed green cabbage. I hung it on a string for them to play with. They really didn't care for it though.
     
  6. jeremy

    jeremy CA Royal Blues

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    Quote:What?!? Is that true, I'm guess it would be because of the color of the cabbage right? The natural dyes somehow changing their poo. L0L.

    I just went outside and strung it up for them, I pulled a few leaves from the head to tempt them towards it but so far nobody seems to have taken the bait. [​IMG]
     
  7. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Quote:What?!? Is that true, I'm guess it would be because of the color of the cabbage right? The natural dyes somehow changing their poo. L0L.

    I just went outside and strung it up for them, I pulled a few leaves from the head to tempt them towards it but so far nobody seems to have taken the bait. [​IMG]

    I haven't experienced it personally, but it has been posted before.

    It might take a while for them to go for a new food.

    Imp- I'll go looking for blue poo info.

    Here's a link https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=240186
     
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  8. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    My girls just love cabbage! Good thing, I've never experienced the "gassy" thing though. [​IMG] Too funny! Makes sense though. I'll be on the look out next time.
     
  9. PaulaJoAnne

    PaulaJoAnne Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just don't cook it, your girls will be ok.
     
  10. dtchick

    dtchick Out Of The Brooder

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    I gave my ladies a head of cabbage in a net bag for Christmas. They pecked at it all day. They also like cauliflower and broccoli!
     

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