Why not feed chickens citrus?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by karlamaria, Jul 3, 2011.

  1. karlamaria

    karlamaria Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It does not tell me why I'm sure chickens would love oranges and such. Why is this wrong?
     
  2. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    I've asked myself this a bunch, never having found a satisfactory answer, and I know at least one person who ships with citrus for moisture. Some ignore it and don't like it, but honestly, is there a scientific basis for not feeding it to them??
     
  3. AccentOnHakes

    AccentOnHakes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It says that it MAY decrease laying, so no proof.

    I've found that my chooks love citrus, they are still about 2 months away from laying so I have no worries right now. [​IMG]
     
  4. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Mine won't eat it
     
  5. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    If you did not give them anything to eat BUT citrus I can see how the acid intake might cause problems.

    But I've tossed various kinds of citrus into my henyard many times over the years and no matter how it is presented they won't eat more than a little if it's been cut open. Sometimes they may clean out a grapefruit or an orange, but they just won't eat very much at any one time.
     
  6. Kassaundra

    Kassaundra Sonic screwdrivers are cool!

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    Mine don't get it often, but LOVE IT especially oranges, they'll eat it down to the rind is seconds.
     
  7. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Are you referring to the "Treats Chart" here at BYC?
    If so someone relay needs to do some updating on that chart. There is some incorrect, incomplete, and misinforming information on it.

    Citrus has been fed to poultry/ livestock for years.
    Citrus acid also is a main ingredient in nearly all poultry/ livestock electrolyte mixes, also Citrus "Sludge" is used in a lot of commercial feed rations with no ill-affects.
    There has been some studies done on Citrus in poultry feed and the Poultry Science Association posted the out come here http://ps.fass.org/cgi/content/abstract/55/4/1219
     
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  8. karlamaria

    karlamaria Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you, I do see the chart here and when it says do not feed I do not, but I'm glad to know I can feed citrus foods if they like it. Thanks for the info Chris
     
  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    That is some misinformation. There is no reason not to feed citrus to chickens. Some just don't care for it, but it shouldn't harm them.
     
  10. ChickChickChicky

    ChickChickChicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been wondering about the "citrus ban" on feeding chickens. I, too, could not find a shred of evidence that citrus is harmful for chickens. Can somebody update the BYC page on what chickens can eat? Thanks!
     

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