Red wine for your chickens??

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by mountaintopchicken, Nov 18, 2008.

  1. mountaintopchicken

    mountaintopchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I stumbled upon a posting on a U.K. forum about giving red wine to chickens in the winter. The thread is here .

    The thread started because someone had read about giving red wine to chickens on a French chicken forum (of course!), and apparently 20% of the people that responded to the thread do give the chooks wine.

    We're not talking straight wine here, I don't think - one person mentioned 20cc wine per liter of water.

    I'll try to post a link to a translated version of the thread on the french chicken forum...here .

    Sooo... what d'ya think? I've tried googling for info, but it's hard to filter out all of the recipes that come up for chicken cooked in wine.

    I mean, red wine has lots of proven health benefits for humans, lots of polyphenols that act as antioxidants...
     
  2. Jena

    Jena The Welsh Witch

    Nov 2, 2008
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    Great excuse for me to join them.... one good thought!

    Cant buy a bottle just for the chickens really can we?

    Thank you.

    Jena
     
  3. BFeathered

    BFeathered Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Why not?! [​IMG] Just because you're sharing it with them, doesn't mean it's not "theirs"! I wonder if this has a similar effect to apple cider vinegar? Where's the Unicorn when you need?
     
  4. NYREDS

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

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    I always thought it was WHITE wine with chicken ???
     
  5. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

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    Quote:Brilliant!
     
  6. AllChookUp

    AllChookUp Will Shut Up for Chocolate

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    Not if the chicken's name is 'Marsala'.
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  7. kinnip

    kinnip Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read somewhere that the ancient Romans gave their chickens wine during the winter months. I don't know why or even where I read it. [​IMG]
     
  8. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

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    Last year, when the young pullets were in their coop & run for the first time, I would go out there and sit on the upturned logs to visit with them. I would sometimes bring a glass of wine and put it on the boards lining the run. Well, wouldn't you know, but some of my girls developed quite the taste for it. After a couple glasses with grit on the bottom, I stopped with the "run-service"!
     
  9. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    Very interesting. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  10. mountaintopchicken

    mountaintopchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    O.K., confession... I have 2 tbsp red wine/1 gallon of water in all chicken coops today. I put in in this morning. Chilly morning, so I figure, why not try it today? Sort of ease them into winter. I'll report back.
     

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