Can Chickens Eat Papaya? (Health Benefits & Other Facts)

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Scratching for the answer to So can chickens eat papaya? Luckily, I’ve consulted my friend, a chicken expert, and a lifelong one, must I add, who told me this secret:

Yes, chickens can eat papaya, but only the flesh.

A fruit full of vitamins and minerals, papaya is an excellent addition to any chicken’s diet, but be warned: Other parts of the fruit contain toxins that could harm your chickens. 

If you’re psyched to know more and relish papaya’s truth, keep scrolling…

Key Takeaways:

  • Packs a wholesome treat: Papayas offer a diet addition or a nutritious treat that your chickens will adore.
  • Great whole or mixed: This fruit is splendid whole or mixed, so feel free to mix this fruit into chicken feeds for your chickens to enjoy.
  • Safe in moderation: don’t overfeed papaya to your chickens, and, more importantly, don’t substitute papayas for a main chicken feed!

Papaya ― a Brief History

The ‘fruit of angels’ (to quote Columbus) and one that arrives at your door during summer, papaya is a tropical fruit packed with nutrition and is SUPER tasty.

papaya tree with ripe papayas

Better yet, did you know that health experts agree?

Registered Dietician and health writer Rachael Link, MS, RD, has this to say about papayas: “adding this fruit to your diet can provide a range of health benefits. [1]”

This fruit, one of shining gold foretelling of secrets to come, had a key role in traditional medicine, not least curing malaria, E.Coli, and parasitic infections.

What’s better, it’s a favorite in our meals and even termed a ‘superfood.’

“But,” you may wonder,  “can chickens eat papaya?” Allow me to explain…

What Are the Health Benefits of Papaya?

If you don’t believe me, check out these superb health benefits:

1. Has Powerful Antioxidant Effects

Before I get into all the goodness of papaya, I need to tell you about something that’s not so great: free radicals.

What are they? Free radicals are reactive molecules that can damage the cells in the body.

Many factors can affect the rise of these gremlins ― your chickens’ food, their body’s metabolism, and even environmental exposure to cigarette smoking.

On the other hand, papaya has a lot of antioxidants, including carotenoids, which can help neutralize free radicals and, in effect, leave your chicken healthy and happy [2].

And because of its powerful antioxidant effects, papaya can reduce oxidative stress and even lower the risk of several diseases.

2. Help Improve Digestion

Papaya contains the papain enzyme that can help digest food easier.

This tropical fruit is also high in fiber. Feeding your chickens a fiber-rich diet like papaya will help their digestion which means they’ll have a lower risk of developing digestive problems.

The papain enzyme and fiber will help with regular bowel movement, making food travel smoothly through the digestive tract.

3. Prevent Illness

Papaya contains a lot of vitamin C. This vitamin helps prevent the chickens from getting sick. During the winter months, chickens have a higher chance of becoming ill due to the extreme cold.

Feeding them papaya and other food high in vitamin C will help the chickens from becoming ill. If they do become sick, feeding them papaya will help them recover back to good health quickly.

If you’re a visual learner, check out this amazing video by Everday Health on the benefits of this fruit:

Can Chickens Eat Papaya Leaves, Stems, & Seeds?

Chickens should not eat the papaya fruit’s leaves, stems, and seeds. Research deems these parts unsafe for human consumption…

What about your chickens? Since it’s not safe for humans, it’s also not safe for chickens. While there are not enough studies to conclude it, I’d steer clear.

Anyways, the flesh of the papaya is the most nutritious so stick with this part when feeding your chickens.

Looking for more information on what your chickens can eat? Check out our articles on “can chickens eat pomegranate seeds“, “can chickens eat cooked spaghetti squash“, and “can chickens have prunes” for some tasty and nutritious ideas to add to their diet!

How To Feed Papaya To Chickens

Chickens can eat just about anything you give them. The problem is that they will eat and not know if it’s a choking hazard.

When it comes to papaya, only feed them ripe papaya. When it’s ripe, it will be soft and edible. Make sure to scoop out all the seeds and remove the skin before feeding the fruit to them.

Below are some of the methods by which you can feed papaya to the chickens:

Method 1: Whole papaya fruit

You can feed the chickens a whole piece of papaya as follows:

i. Clean the fruit of any debris.

ii. Chuck the fruit on the ground.

The fruit’s got a soft texture that your chickens will peck at, eat and enjoy.

Method 2: Mixing papaya with their feeds

This method is excellent for a boost in nutrition.

To perform this,

i. cut the papaya into small pieces,

ii. mix it in with their feeds,

iii. then place the mixture of papaya and feeds into their feeding bowl.

Do you know what’s great? Your chickens don’t have any taste buds and can’t tell the difference between papaya and chicken feed.

How Much And How Often To Feed Papaya To Chickens

First, ripe papaya is high in sugar content. Too much sugar is bad for chickens and can lead to health issues.

Second, papaya doesn’t have enough nutrition to meet the chicken’s dietary requirements. Their main food should be commercial feeds.

These feeds are formulated with the proper amount of nutrition to meet the chicken’s dietary needs.

So, feed papaya only as a treat. Give your chickens this delicious fruit a couple of times per week ― not more!

ripe papaya on a wooden plate

And remember to rotate!

When mixed with other fruits throughout the week, papaya offers rich diversity, packing a tasty treat and a source of vitamins, minerals, and other goodies.


1. Is It Healthy For Chickens To Eat Papaya Alone?

Yes, but only as a treat!
The Papaya fruit packs a lot of nutrition that can benefit the health of your chickens.
Because of this, papaya is a great chicken treat.

2. Can Chickens Eat Papaya Skin?

whole papaya with skin

The skin is toxic, so remove this part and stay with the papaya’s flesh, a safer option and the more nutritious bet.


So can chickens eat papaya? If you’ve marveled at anything other than ‘yes,’ re-read this article!

If you’ve succeeded in your quest, you’ve learned that papaya offers a wonderful nutritious treat for chickens, perfect in chicken feeds and as an occasional treat. But be careful: don’t feed too much!

Feeding fresh papaya to your chickens is excellent, but check its sugar content. Papaya is amicable, but too much, especially if it’s ripe, can aggravate health issues in your beloveds.

Once you’ve crossed this boundary, sugar can turn this otherwise healthy treat into a dangerous elf!

Last but not least, if you’ve enjoyed this article, chime in with a comment. I’d love to hear about your zesty papayalicious meal variations.

Until next time…

fresh ripe papya


1. Link R. Papaya Benefits Digestion, Heart Health & More [Internet]. Dr. Axe. 2022 [cited 2023 Jan 3]. Available from:

2. 8 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Papaya [Internet]. Healthline. 2018. Available from:


Grigorina grew up surrounded by animals – dogs, cats, cows, goats, sheep, and horses and that has shaped her into what I am today – a crazy cat lady who always has a place for one more cat (or a dog). She has two female cats – Kitty and Roni, and two tomcats – Blacky and Shaggy, but she also feeds her neighbors’ cats when they come for a visit. I just can’t say no to them. Follow her on FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM
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