Papaya is one fruit known for its nutritional as well as medicinal properties. And if you are wondering that chicken can eat papaya too.
Can Chickens Eat Papaya?
The answer is Yes! You can share this fruit full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants with your little fellows at the farm. Although chickens need their proper meals as they are formulated for balancing the nutrients, add-ons like papaya can be beneficial to them in the long run.
Benefits of giving Papayas to your chickens
For those who don’t know, many farmers in Uganda use this fruit to feed their chickens because they are rich in protein lytic enzymes and other properties. It has shown effective results in deworming the chickens. Apart from this, it also works well for controlling coccidiosis and has been used by people in Uganda by the local poultry farmers. And for doing so, they use a boiler to get papaya in powder form to feed it easily.
Papayas also have antifungal and antiviral properties that help in keeping the chickens healthy. As we all know that fruit is a nutrient-rich alternative for humans due to its medicinal properties, it works the same for chickens too.
Now that we know that Papayas are safe for chickens let us know if all parts of the fruit are edible or not.
Can chickens eat papaya seeds?
Seeds are an integral part of any fruit; however, sometimes these can be toxic to the animals and us. But, it is not the case here, as the papaya seeds are the ones that majorly help in preventing parasitic or other infections, controls coccidiosis, and also aids in improving digestion. You can also mash up these seeds a little and include it in your chicken’s feed.
Can chickens eat papaya skin?
The answer is yes ! the papaya skin is safe for your chickens to eat and enjoy. Many owners like to peel off the skin and then feed it to their little friends, but you can also feed them with skin. There are no harmful or toxins in the skin of papayas and hence you can give them the entire fruit to enjoy.
So now that you know that this fruit is safe for your chickens, get some extra papayas next time you go grocery shopping. You can directly feed this fruit to them without slicing or cutting it in pieces as all parts of the fruits are safe for your little mates. Just make sure you are not giving this a primary meal, as it can’t suffice for the chicken food.