Can Turkeys Eat Pineapple? (Answered)

by Alex Kountry
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Pineapple is safe for turkeys to eat. However, it is a sweeter and more sugary fruit, so enjoy it only as a special event.

Also, the center and rinds may be tough. Although some of your turkeys may not eat when you offer it to them, this is not a deal-breaker.

This is very natural and doesn’t usually indicate anything amiss. Individual turkeys, like us, have a preference for various foods.

What Are the Health Benefits of Pineapples to Turkeys?

Can Turkeys Eat Pineapple

Pineapples are packed with more than just sugar. Pineapples are good for turkeys for the following reasons.

  • Enhance Immunity

Pineapples are high in vitamin C, which protects cells and joints from injury.

For example, pineapples include dietary bromelain, which aids in digestion and nutrient absorption.

Pineapples’ anti-inflammatory effects promote immunity and protect your birds against bacterial diseases.

Additionally, pineapples have no cholesterol or saturated fat. As a result, there is a slight possibility of your turkeys becoming obese.

  • Beneficial for bone health

Another reason to feed pineapple to your turkeys is that it includes elements that promote bone health.

For instance, pineapple is high in manganese, promoting bone health and reducing the chance of developing bone illnesses. Turkeys with healthy bones are healthy turkeys.

However, you should give your birds pineapple in moderation due to the dangers of excessive manganese.

  • Treats Cold

Turkeys are prone to becoming cold due to their delicate respiratory systems.

On the other hand, Pineapples include vitamins and minerals that aid in the treatment of chronic respiratory problems and excess mucus.

Therefore, you may protect your turkeys by giving them pineapples throughout the winter seasons. 

  • Enhances The Quality Of Eggs

Pineapples are vitamin C-fortified, which aids in the healing and growth of your birds.

Additionally, it enhances egg quality and balances the metabolic activity of your turkeys.

Additionally, it aids in the treatment of heat stress, which is frequently produced by high temperatures.

Heat stress is detrimental to your birds’ health because it depletes their weight, egg quality, mineral balance, and so on.

However, Turkey is capable of synthesizing vitamin C and is more receptive to its benefits. 

  • Improve The Health Of Your Bird’s Skin

Pineapples also include vitamins that benefit the skin of your birds. As a result, turkeys are an excellent source of collagen and are even used to treat arthritis when used as meat.

While your turkeys will consume as many pineapples as possible, you must exercise moderation.

Despite their incredible nutritional value, pineapples do have certain adverse effects.

They may cause metabolic problems or even bleed in your birds due to their acidic composition. 

Here is an article I wrote on everything you can feed turkeys with

How Often Should I Feed Them Pineapples?

Turkeys should be fed pineapple sparingly and not excessively. This equates to 1-3 servings each week.

Pineapple is a fruit that contains a lot of sugar. Therefore, consuming excessive sugar might cause turkeys to gain weight and harm their general health.

As previously stated, moderate doses of pineapple can aid in the digestion of a turkey.

Overfeeding pineapple, on the other hand, may have the opposite effect. Certain turkeys have difficulty digesting pineapple and should avoid it entirely.

Even if the turkey can digest small amounts of pineapple, excessive consumption can develop a bezoar, an accumulation of undigested material. Bezoars can have major medical consequences.

While bromelain is good in moderation, it can also cause problems if ingested in excess.

For example, in turkeys, an excess of bromelain may cause stomach distress and skin rashes.

Can Baby Turkeys Eat Pineapples?

Pineapples are also safe for baby turkeys but in moderation. Pineapples include a variety of nutrients that may benefit one’s health.

Additionally, it contains little saturated fat and cholesterol. Additionally, they can benefit from the vitamin C in the fruit.

Additionally, the bromelain enzymes in this fruit aid in the digestive process of baby turkeys.

Do Wild Turkeys Eat Pineapples?

If they come to a pineapple farm, wild turkeys will devour it. Thus, sure, wild turkeys do consume pineapples.

However, this is a delectable treat for them, and it also smells fantastic.

Can Turkeys Pineapple Stem?

Turkeys cannot eat the stem of pineapple. They can only eat the fleshy part of the fruit.

This is because the fleshy part has all the nutrients they need.

Also check out this article I wrote on feeding turkeys with peaches

Things to Watch Out For Before Feeding Them Pineapples

While pineapples are a favorite of practically every turkey due to their sugar content, not every turkey breed like them.

Therefore you may want to start by giving your turkeys pineapples to determine whether they enjoy them or not.

Pineapples can be cooked or served raw. However, there are a few things to consider while providing pineapples to your birds.

  • Pineapple Edible Portions

Your turkeys, like people, will consume the meat of the pineapples. The pineapple’s fleshy portion is exceptionally juicy and delicious.

Turkeys cannot consume pineapple skin; they may peck at it but will abandon it if it is not nice or as soft as they desire.

Additionally, consuming pineapple skin might be detrimental to your turkeys due to its inability to be effectively digested.

If the flesh is attached to the skin, they will consume the flesh but not the skin. The same is true for the pineapple crown, which is also known as the pineapple top.

Pineapple crowns are thorny, and your turkeys will be harmed if they peck at them.

The core is also more difficult to chew than the flesh, but turkeys with strong beaks can consume it.

Even if your turkeys consume the pineapple skin, avoid feeding them in large quantities to avoid causing gastric upset.

  • The Turkey Breeds

Not every turkey breed is a fan of pineapples. As such, you should first determine whether your turkeys enjoy pineapples or not.

If they do, pineapples can be included in the snacks you give them. However, if they refuse, do not compel them to consume pineapples.

Rather than that, give them other snacks they enjoy. Additionally, keep an eye on how your turkeys react to the pineapples.

Did they have digestive difficulties just as a result of consuming the pineapples? Did they have any health problems?

If they did, this indicates that your turkeys are not genetically predisposed to pineapple consumption.

Continue feeding pineapples to your turkeys only if no adverse health effects are detected after the initial testing.

  • The Pineapple’s State

The state of the pineapple is also significant. Pineapples are naturally acidic, so you want to select the best for your turkeys.

Unripe or overripe pineapples are highly acidic and may cause harm to your turkeys if consumed. 

How Can I Feed Pineapples to My Turkeys

You can feed it to them pretty much however you like. As I’m sure you’re aware, turkeys are specialists at pecking at food to break it down into digestible parts.

  • Prepare It

Along with raw pineapple, you can boil it for your turkey. Cooking it may enhance its flavor and juiciness, depending on the method used.

However, bear careful mind the cooking time while cooking pineapples for your birds.

When food is cooked for an extended time or is overcooked, the majority of the nutrients in it are likely to be destroyed.

Without the nutrients, feeding them pineapples may be pointless.

Cubes of Frozen Pineapple

  • Using an ice tray simplifies the process.
  • Cube the pineapple flesh. Make these cubes approximately 34 the size of the ice tray’s form.
  • Fill each mold halfway with water and add a pineapple cube.
  • Place the ice tray in the freezer and fill it with ice.
  • Serve the created frozen cubes to your turkeys.

These cubes are more conducive to warmer days. Then, as the ice melts, the bird can peck at and consume the pineapple.

You may wish to combine this with some other fruits or greens that turkeys will eat.

  • Pineapple Salad

Using tiny pieces of fruit or greens that are safe for turkeys, chop up the pineapple.

It is possible to include bananas or apples, as well as carrots. Serve after thoroughly mixing.

  • A String of Pineapples

Another option is to use a string to suspend the pineapple from the ceiling.

  • Begin by removing the pineapple’s top and then peeling the skin
  • Cut a hole in the pineapple and thread a rope through it
  • Tie a knot on one end of the rope. This will act as a stopper and secure the pineapple in place
  • Secure the other end of the rope to the ceiling or any other structure suitable for hanging the pineapple
  • After that, allow the turkeys to peck at the suspended pineapple

Ascertain that the pineapple does not dangle too high, out of reach of the turkeys.


Turkeys can safely consume pineapples but will most likely consume only the flesh.

Therefore, when feeding them pineapple, make sure it is ripe and fresh. Additionally, ensure that you provide them with just enough, not too much.

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Alex Kountry

Alex Kountry is the founder of HayFarmGuy and has been a backyard farmer for over 10 years. Since then he has decided to write helpful articles that will help you become a better backyard farmer and know what to do. He also loves to play tennis and read books


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