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A question for the ages, can chickens eat grapes? If you’re a backyard barnyard raising chickens you’ll want to know the answer to this question. We get questions all the time about what is safe to feed their barnyard animals and what is not.
The short answer is yes! Chickens can eat grapes but there are a few things you need to know about that. Grapes are not on a chicken’s normal menu. It’s a treat and needs to be given as such. When raising barnyard animals we’re all tempted to feed them like a family pet. Treats are ok but in moderation.
Cutting up the grape into manageable chunks is a good idea. Chickens like all birds have very sharp beaks and can cut through most any type food. They’re more accustom to throwing food down their gullet as opposed to chewing it up. Therefore manageable chunks are needed.
Should Chickens Eat Grapes?
When offering treats make sure that the animal actually likes it. If you offer them treats and they don’t care for it move on. Don’t stress out your animals by encouraging them to eat something they simply don’t like. Just like a child animals can be very finicky about food.
Keep in mind the size of the animal, just because you can eat a whole of something does not mean your animals can. Moderation for many reasons is the call of the day. It’s easy to get an animal sick if you allow them to eat too much outside their natural nutritional habits. Stomach issues for animals are much more severe than humans.
Can Chickens Eat Grapes?
If you do give grapes for treats be sure you get seedless grapes. Like we stated before, be sure you cut them up into manageable bites. Feeding to much of certain things, people food and so on. This can make a difference in egg production and cause health issues. Chickens can and will get into fruit if your garden has fruit. Just make sure they don’t get voracious about eating treats, just like kids they will eat until they make themselves sick.
Animals sometimes don’t know when to stop eating. So manage treats and keep them out of sight and out of mind. You certainly would never want to feed baby chickens anything beyond their normal diet. Follow dietary rules for babies to the letter. You will have much stronger and healthier chickens.
You can find many treat recipes on the internet. Make sure that your ingredients are natural. Salts and any sort of sugar are not recommended. If you’re going out to give your chickens a shot at grapes have fun and we will see you next time.