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Sumac for chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Erin~TheChickenLover, Aug 15, 2013.

  1. Erin~TheChickenLover

    Erin~TheChickenLover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 28, 2011
    Arkansas River Valley
    This year's sumac (not the poison variety) is ripe and abundant. I have made tea out of it before. I know the chickens will eat it, but I do not know if feeding them sumac is a good idea. Does anyone know if harvesting sumac would be good for the chickens and help save on feed cost?
  2. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 7, 2011
    Taylors, SC
    If chickens have free choice in what to eat, they will not eat things that are bad for them.

    I doubt that there is anything special about sumac that would reduce your feed requirement by much. Now, if you were growing and feeding alfalfa, that might matter.

    Chickens are like most animals, they need a proper diet. There is no magic bullet. Mine forage all day, but still manage to eat plenty of commercial feed.

  3. cindy west

    cindy west New Egg

    Aug 13, 2015

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