Unripe Apples and Peaches, Safe to Eat?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by WalkerH, Jun 7, 2011.

  1. WalkerH

    WalkerH Chillin' With My Peeps

    I am posting this just to be sure. The only way I can really keep the chickens out is to fence it off, but anyway. So I have about thirteen chickens that free range. Well free range as in they jump over the fence and do what they want. Which is fine they don't leave our five acres so it isn't a big deal. But I noticed today that they have been eating some unripe apples and peaches that have fallen to the ground in our orchard. I don't really care, the deer probably will as they come through every night to clean up. I just want to be sure it won't hurt the chickens.

    Thank you,
  2. they'reHISchickens

    they'reHISchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 31, 2008
    I suspect they are also eating the bug larvae that are damaging your fruit crops. It's what they are meant to do. Buggy fruit drops first.
    Relax. An animal's instinct for proper food is much stronger than a humans. If they weren't supposed to eat it, they generally won't.
  3. WalkerH

    WalkerH Chillin' With My Peeps

    Haha thank you. I just wanted to be sure. First year having these guys and prefer not to have any die over something so silly. I guess the family of deer that come through the orchard at night will have some competition.

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