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Can chickens eat citrus? You’ll be surprised not just by the answer, but by how wrong the myths out there about feeding citrus to chickens really are.
Frequently, we see advice online that advises us to not feed our backyard chickens things like oranges, limes, and lemons.
And in reality, many chickens don’t even like them. Mine don’t.
Sometimes we get fresh produce from a local grocery store (that they otherwise would toss), and while grapes, bananas, and watermelon are snarfed down amazingly quick, citrus is pretty much left to rot.
Even the pigs won’t touch it! (Who knew pigs were so discerning?)
But the bottom line is feeding oranges and lemons has some amazing health benefits not just for your chickens, but for their eggs and meat.
I think you’ll be shocked by some of the things you’ll discover in this podcast.
- Why the myths surrounding feeding citrus are bogus
- How oranges and lemons can help your chickens combat heat stress
- The herb you always want to feed with citrus (and how to do just that)
- How citrus can improve the quality of the eggs you’ll ultimately eat
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I’d like to hear from you!
Do you think you’ll try feeding citrus to your chickens? Why or why not? Leave a comment below!
Maat van Uitert is a backyard chicken and sustainable living expert. She is also the author of Chickens: Naturally Raising A Sustainable Flock, which was a best seller in it’s Amazon category. Maat has been featured on NBC, CBS, AOL Finance, Community Chickens, the Huffington Post, Chickens magazine, Backyard Poultry, and Countryside Magazine. She lives on her farm in Southeast Missouri with her husband, two children, and about a million chickens and ducks. You can follow Maat on Facebook here and Instagram here.