Can Chickens Eat Cherry Pits?

by Farmer Jack
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Can Chickens Eat Cherry Pits? – We all know that chickens love to eat just about anything. So, can they eat cherry pits?

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Cherry pits contain a small amount of cyanide, which is poisonous to humans in high concentrations. However, chickens are much less sensitive to cyanide than humans, and they can safely eat cherry pits in small quantities.

What are cherry pits?

Cherry pits are the hard, dark seeds found inside Cherries They’re inedible and can pose a choking hazard if swallowed whole. However, some people believe that cherry pits have health benefits and add them to smoothies or grind them up to use as a seasoning.

Are cherry pits bad for chickens?
There is no definitive answer, as there is little research on the subject. However, it’s generally safe to assume that Chicken would not benefit from eating cherry pits. Cherry pits are hard and indigestible, so they could cause gastrointestinal problems if eaten in large quantities. In addition, cherry pits contain cyanide, which is poisonous to chickens (and humans).

What are the benefits of eating cherry pits?

Eating cherry pits has a number of benefits. They are a good source of fiber, which can help to regulate digestion. Cherry pits also contain a compound called cyanogenic glucoside, which can help to detoxify the body. Additionally, cherry pits contain compounds that can help to prevent cancer.

Are there any risks associated with eating cherry pits?

While there are no known risks associated with eating cherry pits, it is important to note that they can be a choking hazard. Chickens should be supervised while eating any type of food, and cherry pits should be removed from the area if they pose a risk.

How can I incorporate cherry pits into my chicken’s diet?

Cherry pits contain a small amount of cyanide, which can be poisonous to chickens. However, if the cherry pits are crushed or ground up, the cyanide is released and dissipated, making them safe for chickens to eat. You can incorporate cherry pits into your chicken’s diet by adding them to their food or grinding them up and mixing them with their water.

What are some other foods that my chicken can eat?

Chickens are omnivores and will eat a wide variety of foods. In addition to commercial chicken feed, they can be given table Scraps garden vegetables, Fruit and even Meat Some chicken owners like to supplement their chicken’s diet with grit, which helps them grind up the tougher food in their gizzards.


After doing some research, we have come to the conclusion that chickens can eat cherry pits. However, we would not recommend feeding them to your chickens on a regular basis as they are high in Sugar and can lead to weight gain.



“Can Chickens Eat Cherry Pits? ” Purina, 18 Dec. 2017,

Further Reading

Cherry pits contain cyanide, which is poisonous to humans and other animals. However, in very small quantities, cyanide is not harmful. According to the University of California, “The cyanide in one pit will do you no harm. It would take many pits to kill you.”

If you have chickens, it is best to err on the side of caution and not feed them cherry pits. If you must give them to your chickens, make sure to remove the pits first.

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Cherry pits contain a small amount of cyanide, which is poisonous to humans. However, birds and other animals can eat cherry pits without ill effects because they metabolize cyanide differently. Chickens are not immune to the poison, but they can eat cherry pits in small amounts without being harmed.

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