why no citrus?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Fowl97, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. Fowl97

    Fowl97 Songster

    Aug 17, 2009

  2. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    No, they are not going to die. In fact it's a near certainty they won't be affected in any way whatsoever.
  3. debid

    debid Crowing

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    I've fed the chickens some overripe oranges (not molded, mind you -- they'd just gone past the sweet-tart flavor we prefer) and my chickens went bonkers for them. They didn't eat the peel but the fruit was pecked clean. No apparent ill effects.

    I've read that an overly acidic diet can cause weak shells but the occasional orange isn't likely to do anything at all.
  4. Fowl97

    Fowl97 Songster

    Aug 17, 2009
    ok yea it was just a squishy one not moldy or anything.

  5. My chickens love citrus - as a treat its fine. I think I read something about there being a concern with them OD on vitamin C a while back, but I think they would have to consume large quantities for that to be a concern. When I feed citruc, on average each chicken gets 1/2 to 1 orange apeice, and they are fine.
  6. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    I have a grapefruit tree, and the chickens LOVE the grapefruit that fall on hte ground. Same with the orange trees we used to have. There is no reason not to feed citrus to them.
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2011
  7. SunnyDawn

    SunnyDawn Sun Lovin' Lizard

    Sep 12, 2009
    Nor Cal
    [​IMG] I used to feed my chickens clementines (small tangerines) and they loved them! After a bit though I noticed an odd flavor to the eggs! [​IMG] Even my Hubby could taste it and he is oblivious to most bad tastes. Needless to say, I don't feed my girls citrus anymore. [​IMG]

  8. Fowl97

    Fowl97 Songster

    Aug 17, 2009
    That was why I was curious. There was no reason listed
  9. DaveBeaty

    DaveBeaty In the Brooder

    Mar 16, 2010
    New Mexico
    A Florida Department of Agriculture study found that adding orange pulp to commercial laying chickens' diet caused them to lay fewer eggs. The results of the study came out as "Don't feed your chickens citrus". This had gotten mis-interpreted as "Citrus is bad for chickens".

    A later study in Spain found that commercial meat chickens grew just as fast with citrus pulp in their diet as without. So if you have hobby or pet chickens, go ahead and feed them citrus.

    I love chickens because they allow me to recycle scraps and weeds into food!
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  10. anderson8505

    anderson8505 Peace, Love & Happy Chickens

    Quote:Yup, everything I've read says that citrus and other things like garlic and onions will change the taste of the eggs. Nothing at all was noted about these things being harmful to a chicken. My babies loved oranges! I'd cut the orange in half and place it in a suet cage; they'd eat it down to the skin. Now I've laid off the citrus because they're starting to lay.

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