Truth or Fiction?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by lostsoulhelpmejebus, Oct 2, 2008.

  1. lostsoulhelpmejebus

    lostsoulhelpmejebus Incubating Fool

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    I have always heard never feed layers fruit as it somehow causes them to quit laying? Is this true?

    I have 2 crabapple trees bending over with the weight of their fruit...would love to throw them to the chickens but afraid to find out the hard way if fruit is a bad thing? Anyone familiar with this???
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    There's a whole big thread on this going on in the feeding time section.
    IMO, it's an old wive's tale. We have all kinds of fruit that is falling off the trees and the chickens are helping themselves to it; peaches, apples, figs. Every day this week I've had a new hen "come on line" as I call starting to lay. Nope, hasn't slowed this flock down a bit.
     
  3. mtnhomechick

    mtnhomechick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Gee, I sure hope not........they had an apple today. [​IMG]
     
  4. DTchickens

    DTchickens Overrun With Chickens

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    the only time i've heard it did stop them is when they ate A LOT of fruit,

    -Daniel
     
  5. Ugly Cowboy

    Ugly Cowboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2008
    Corn, OK
    They get at my blackberry bushes all the time, I aint noticed nothin different with 'em.
     
  6. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

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    I really doubt it.... I give my chickens, peas, corn, peaches, plums, tomatoes, bananas, apples, pears...*breath*...carrots, lettuce, ect EVERYDAY!!!!

    Yeah, my girls are spoiled.... but I've been getting 2 eggs a day for 6 days straight and only have 2 laying pullets! Its GREAT, and they deserve it!
     
  7. lostsoulhelpmejebus

    lostsoulhelpmejebus Incubating Fool

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    Thanks for the reassurance...my girl will be eating crabapples, not too many.
     
  8. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    my girls and guys have been pigging out all summer on dropped pears from the tree in their run. They've not shown any signs of this having been bad for them in any way. They're plump & sassy and act perfectly content. [​IMG]
     
  9. seriousbill

    seriousbill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll just add my experience. We have had plums and pears falling on the ground this year, and the chickens really love them, especially the pears. There has been no decrease in laying.
     
  10. Ugly Cowboy

    Ugly Cowboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2008
    Corn, OK
    Seriousbill, what kinda chicken is that on your avatar?
     

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