Can Chickens Eat Olives (Black, Seed) Are They Poisonous

Can Chickens Eat Olives

Many chicken owners wonder if can chickens eat olives and if olives are toxic to chickens.

Understanding what chickens can and cannot eat helps ensure their health and happiness. We’ll answer everything you need to know about feeding olives to chickens.

We’ll start by talking about what types of olives are safe for chickens.

Then we’ll look at the potential benefits and risks of chicken having olives.

Can the meat, seeds, or pits harm chickens if ingested? Do olives offer any nutritional value?

We’ll offer tips on the best ways to serve olives to chickens.

Can Chickens Eat Olives?

Can Chickens Eat Olives
Can Chickens Eat Olives

Yes, chickens can eat olives in moderation. Black olives are safer for chickens than green unripened olives, which contain oleuropein that can be toxic to chickens. Fully ripened black olives are fine.

Both the olive meat and seeds are safe for chickens to eat. However, the pit should be removed as it can pose a choking hazard.

Olives provide healthy fats, vitamin E, and antioxidants for chickens. But they are high in salt, so should only be fed in small amounts as an occasional treat.

Too many olives can cause diarrhea or upset a chicken’s digestive system. Moderation is key.

Chopped or mashed olives are easier for chickens to eat than whole olives.
Olives should make up no more than 10% of a chicken’s total diet. Better to offer them just 1-2 times per week.

Can Chickens Eat Black Olives?

Can Chickens Eat Black Olives

Yes, chickens can safely eat black olives in moderation. Fully ripened black olives do not contain the compound oleuropein that makes green olives bitter and toxic to chickens. The olive meat, healthy fats, and antioxidants in black olives can be a nutritious treat for chickens. Just be sure to limit intake to 1-2 times per week and remove pits first. Too many olives can cause diarrhea.

Can Chickens Have Green Olives?

Can Chickens Have Green Olives

No, chickens should not eat raw green olives. Unripened green olives contain oleuropein which can be toxic to chickens if eaten in excess. If you want to feed green olives to chickens, they need to be fully soaked and rinsed to remove the bitter oleuropein compound. Once this is done, chickens can have green olives in the same modest quantities as black olives. But it’s easier to just avoid raw unprocessed green olives altogether.

Can Chickens Eat Olive Seeds?

Can Chickens Eat Olives Seeds

Yes, the seeds in olives are safe for chickens to consume. They do not contain anything toxic. However, it’s still best to remove and discard olive pits to prevent a choking risk. The meaty part of the olive is what provides the most nutritional value anyway. But if a chicken accidentally ingests a seed or two, they will pass safely through their digestive system. So olive seeds are not toxic, just a potential hazard.

Can Chickens Eat Olives Raw?

Chickens can eat black olives raw, but they may find chopped or mashed more palatable. Raw green olives are not recommended due to the oleuropein content before curing. For the tastiest results, many chicken owners prefer to soak olives briefly in water to reduce saltiness before feeding. A quick chop also allows chickens easier access to the nutritional benefits inside the olive meat and seeds.

Can Chickens Eat Canned Olives?

Yes, chickens can eat canned olives, either black or green. The canning process fully cures green olives so oleuropein is not a concern with canned options. However, canned olives tend to be packed in saltwater brine. So make sure to rinse canned olives well and limit chicken intake to avoid excess sodium. Canned chopped olives are an easy olive presentation for chickens to eat. Just control portions to reduce risk of diarrhea.

Are Olives Poisonous to Chickens?

When fed properly, olives are not poisonous to chickens. The main toxicity risk comes from raw unripened green olives which contain high levels of oleuropein. Once green olives are fully cured/soaked, this compound is removed. Black olives do not contain oleuropein when fully ripened. So olives themselves are not poisonous, but improperly feeding green olives can cause toxicity. As long as intake is limited and pits are removed, most olive varieties can be fed safely.

Is There Any Fruit Chickens Cannot Eat?

  • Avocados – The leaves, skin, and pit of avocados contain persin, which is toxic to chickens. However, chickens can eat avocado flesh in small amounts.
  • Citrus fruits – While chickens can have small amounts of citrus flesh, the peels and seeds of lemons, oranges, grapefruit etc. should be avoided as they can impact crop health. Too much citric acid can cause health issues.
  • Dried fruit – Raisins and dried cranberries/cherries contain high sugar that chickens can’t digest well. This can lead to weight gain and health problems. Fresh is best for fruit treats.
  • Raw green olives – Contain oleuropein which is toxic to chickens, unless fully cured/soaked first.
  • Unripe fruit – Unripe or green fruit often contains toxins that break down as the fruit ripens. Stick to ripe fruit to avoid complications.
  • Fruit pits and seeds – The pits and seeds of stone fruits like apricots, peaches, and plums contain toxins like cyanide. These should not be ingested.

In moderation, chickens can safely enjoy most fresh fruits like berries, melon, banana, apples, pears, etc. But limit high sugar fruits and always avoid known toxic parts like skins, leaves and pits. When in doubt, research first before offering new fruit.


Can Chickens Eat Olives With Pits?

It’s best to pit olives before feeding them to chickens. Olive pits can pose a choking hazard or become impacted in a chicken’s crop or digestive tract. While not poisonous, pits provide no nutritional value and are easy to remove beforehand. By pitting olives, chickens can safely enjoy the olive meat without risk of obstruction.

Can Chickens Eat Olives With Pimentos?

Yes, chickens can eat pimento-stuffed olives. The pimento pepper itself provides extra nutrition like vitamin A. Just be sure to limit the overall olive intake, as too many still high in fat and sodium. And remove any pits as usual. The added flavor of pimentos makes olives more enticing but don’t overdo it. A few chopped stuffed olives periodically are a fine treat.

Can Chickens Eat Cooked Olives?

Cooked or roasted olives are safe for chickens to eat. Cooking olives intensifies flavor and softens texture, making them easier to chop and digest. Reduce saltiness by rinsing after cooking. Take care not to burn olives, as charred portions will be unpalatable. But well-cooked olives can be a delicious snack for chickens in moderation.

Can Chickens Eat Olive Leaves?

Yes, chickens can occasionally eat olive leaves as part of their foraging.

The leaves contain healthy phytochemicals like oleuropein and hydroxytyrosol. However, oleuropein content can vary. So olive leaves should be limited to prevent toxicity. Avoid letting chickens gorge on fallen green unripened leaves. But modest quantities of dried or wilted olive leaves are beneficial.

Can Chickens Eat Olive Oil?

Pure olive oil is not toxic for chickens. However, it provides no real nutritional value. And anything oil-based risks digestive upset in excess. A sprinkle of olive oil can help coat dry chicken feed. But avoid feeding chickens straight olive oil, as the high fat content can cause diarrhea. There are better ways to supplement a chicken’s diet than olive oil.

About Dean Eby

An avid outdoorsman, Dean spends much of his time adventuring through the diverse terrain of the southwest United States with his closest companion, his dog, Gohan. He gains experience on a full-time journey of exploration. For Dean, few passions lie closer to his heart than learning. An apt researcher and reader, he loves to investigate interesting topics such as history, economics, relationships, pets, politics, and more.

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