WARNING ~ Apple seeds are poisonous!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ChezPoulez, Dec 5, 2011.

  1. ChezPoulez

    ChezPoulez In the Brooder

    Jun 22, 2011
    Mill Valley, California
    I learned a terrible lesson today. I cut a mealy apple in half this morning and put it out for the girls. I didn't even think about the seeds as I watched one of my girls promptly eat all of the seeds first before starting on the apple. I just came back from an errand and that same hen is now lying dead on the ground. She was fine and healthy this morning and now she's dead. I feel just awful.

    I have always heard that apple seeds are poisonous, but never worried about it because I've heard you would have to chew up the seeds of several apples to be poisoned. My girls regularly eat all the leaves off my rhubarb when they can get at it so I know their systems aren't sensitive to the same things we are, but apparently apple seeds are death on chickens.
  2. hlf1996

    hlf1996 Songster

    Mar 24, 2011
    I've given my girls (and goats) apples cut into pieces (with seeds) and they are fine.
    Edited to say: I am not saying that you are wrong, just in my personal experience it has not caused harm to my animals. Sorry you lost your chicken. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2011
  3. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing

    Dec 22, 2009
    So sorry for your loss [​IMG]
  4. psimons2004

    psimons2004 Chirping

    Jun 10, 2011
    OMG - I am SOOOO sorry! That is just awful!
    I have my chickens TONs of apples and never had a problem....
    They fall off the tree even into the chicken yard!
    I hadn't heard that! Thank you so much for sharing and I am so sorry you lost a friend!
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I have given whole apples to chickens in the past without problems. I am thinking your blessed little chicken might have passed anyway. I am so sorry for your loss. [​IMG]
  6. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    I'm sorry to hear about your bird however the amount of cyanide contained in apple seeds is so small it's very unlikely that was the cause of death. Apples have always been a regular part of my chickens' diet and I've never had any issues. I know of many people who have apple trees and chickens who have also never had an issue.
  7. johnsons-r-us

    johnsons-r-us Chirping

    Jul 18, 2011
    Eudora, Kansas
    We give our chickens the cores after eating the apples. We've always done that. I wonder why nothing has happened to mine? Did they not each eat enough seeds or something? We also have two apple trees and tons of apples fall. The chickens free ranged all summer eating anything from the fruit trees and nothing happened. I'm confused o this.
  8. welasharon

    welasharon Crowing

    Jun 28, 2010
    North Florida
    Mine have eaten lots of apples, seeds and all. Has anyone else had this happen? I was told to feed apples to my shamo even.
    ETA: man, you guys type fast!
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2011
  9. shuizar209

    shuizar209 Songster

    Jul 11, 2009
    Its not the apples. My runs are underneath 2 apple trees and the apples fall like crazy and my birds eat every one of them seeds and all with no ill effects. Had to be from something else. Maybe sour crop and the apple fermented in her crop?
  10. clairabean

    clairabean Songster

    Nov 7, 2010
    Kootenays of BC!
    I am sorry.

    But is there anything else that may have caused this?

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