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Apple Treats for Chickens


It's apple season! Local apples are plentiful at local orchards, farmers markets, in the grocery store and if you're lucky, on the trees on your property.

We fed our horses the apples from the trees on our farm when we lived in Virginia, but now that were in Maine, we buy from a local orchard. And when we have extras, I like to treat the chickens with fun apple treats.


Apple Treats for Chickens


Chickens love apples, and the skins and flesh are nutritious treats. Apples contain vitamins and minerals, as well as pectin and amino acids.  There are a couple of fun ways to serve up apple treats to your flock....


Stuffed Apple Treats

For this fun treat,  I use three or four apples, 1/2 Cup of natural peanut butter and 1/2 Cup of sunflower seeds. You can sub in unsalted almonds, dried cranberries, raisins, or other nuts or seeds as you wish.


Your chickens will love pecking at the peanut butter and then eating the apple, which ends up being rolled around the run as they fight to get all the peanut butter out.  

For the full article on making these treat, click HERE.


Apple Garlands

Using butcher's twine, thread diced apples, zucchini and unsalted popcorn into garlands to hang in the run. You can also string cranberries, grapes, radishes or strawberries for them.





Hang the garlands in the run for the chickens to peck at.  Just be sure to remove the strings once they eat the treats so they don't pull them down and possibly choke on them.

Hanging Apples

You can also wash and core whole apples and hang them in the run. The chickens will work on them slowly, enjoying pecking at them at they hang.



(One warning: Apple seeds contain traces of cyanide, so be sure to core or otherwise remove any seeds before feeding apples to your flock.)

   

Apple Cider Vinegar 


Apple cider vinegar added to a flock's water a few times a week is a wonderful health elixir. But the "good stuff" can get expensive. 

Did you know you can make your own apple cider vinegar?  It's easy and also a practical way to use the apple peels when you bake an apple pie. 

So save those peels! 


Want to learn how to make apple cider vinegar, click HERE.

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