What about pickled onions?


Jun 17, 2016
Pearland, TX
I’ve read conflicting advice about onions. Would like to see what the general consensus is. And is there any difference between raw/cooked/pickled? We made some bread and butter pickles last year that have lots of thinly sliced onion in them. We don’t care too much for onion ourselves so we’re just taking the onions out of the pickle jar as we eat the pickles. Just curious if I can feed any of these bread and butter pickled onions to the chickens or should I just toss in the compost pile?


I Love Autumn
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7 Years
Jul 16, 2015
I don't feed pickles but occasionally feed left overs that contain cooked onions and they get eaten without problems. I do have lots of birds to a small amount of leftovers so no one bird gets more than a piece or two generally.

I noticed with chickens that they won't stuff that's bad for them, but my birds aren't confined and always have feed, so hungry birds may eat too much.

I don't think I really answered your question. :confused:

I would probably put them on the compost pile though I might see if chickens like pickles first.

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