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Wild berries in yard...safe for my chickens?

post #1 of 11
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A lot of my 5 acre yard is wild, and there are bushes with berries. I make sure my human kids don't eat them, but can't stop the free ranging chickens. Will the chicks naturally eat only what it safe? If I pulled a high branch down for them will this be a treat or a poison?  hu

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51 Broilers, 32 Hens, 1 Happy Rooster - oh, and 2 cats and 1 lab, besides the 3 mongrel children (JK - love my boys!)
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post #2 of 11

If you could post a picture of the berries, a general one of the bush so we can see the shape, and a close up of the leaf and bark, we may be able to help you. 

Most free range chickens do fine and you probably have nothing to wory about, especially if you see othe birds eating these berries, but I always feel better knowing. 

As far as chickens automatically knowing what is good for them, they will eat styrofoam.  I kinda think chickens helped originate the meaning for the term birdbrain.

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Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought....Abraham Lincoln (Freedom carries responsibility)

The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right.....Judge Learned Hand  (The more sure your are that your way is the only right way, the more likely you are wrong.)

 

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post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by Ridgerunner 

I kinda think chickens helped originate the meaning for the term birdbrain.


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post #4 of 11

Knowing what the berries are will make it possible to actually answer the question.

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Do not worry about the berries.  Mine free range on our 5 acres and eat alot what is on the toxic lists.  Not one has died from it.  Heck mine even ate painted grass and the paint off the coop without problems.  There system is much differnet than most critters as toxins pass thru them with out harming them.

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Tamara   breeding Partridge Plymouth Rocks
owned by 2 English Shepherd farm dogs 2 cats and 1 loving husband

Chickens Blog http://bmvchickens.wordpress.com/

http://www.bluemoonvalley.com/  Our farm website

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post #6 of 11

We live in the middle of 82 acres, chickens free range and never have gotten into anything that harmed them.

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mostly orps here!  We have five daughters, one foster son and 18 grandchildren and 9  great-grandchildren by this September!  Yes, there is a God

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post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by Ridgerunner 

If you could post a picture of the berries, a general one of the bush so we can see the shape, and a close up of the leaf and bark, we may be able to help you. 

Most free range chickens do fine and you probably have nothing to wory about, especially if you see othe birds eating these berries, but I always feel better knowing. 

As far as chickens automatically knowing what is good for them, they will eat styrofoam.  I kinda think chickens helped originate the meaning for the term birdbrain.


Ridge runner is full of good answers today and saving me alot of typing!  clap
My farm is full of alot of things that fall under the heading of berry.  We'd need to see the bush and the berry.
However, the styrofoam insulation on the bottom of their coop door no longer exists.  hmm


Edited by gritsar - 9/22/09 at 2:25pm

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If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people.
A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, cochins, sebrights, and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

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post #8 of 11

We have polk salad growing in our yard, and the chickens tasted some and seemed to know not to eat the berries.

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One thing is for sure. The price of a dead hen is a dead pred.
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post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by cybercat 

Do not worry about the berries.  Mine free range on our 5 acres and eat alot what is on the toxic lists.  Not one has died from it.  Heck mine even ate painted grass and the paint off the coop without problems.  There system is much differnet than most critters as toxins pass thru them with out harming them.


I agree with cybercat.
In 30 years of having free range chickens they have eaten allot of the things that are supposed to be bad for them..
They seem to know, by instinct, what not to eat, although when painting the chicken house red the Sumatras had red beaks for awhile. They are still alive.

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If you have to manipulate the truth, to be viewed in a better light, you're standing in artificial lighting.--Fred Cuellar
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post #10 of 11

I have what I call 'wild lily of the valley' growing in some of the wooded area of my yard, in the summer they have red berries that my hens can't seem to get enough of. Never seemed to bother them.

If they are freeranging there really isn't much you can do to control what they eat

We have an healthy happy mix of critters in our family, rescue mutt Emma- a lab/sheltie mix. Rescue cat named Jack, a gold fish and 7 hens of mix variety. Autrolorps, BR and 1 EE. Nine one year old layers- BR, RIR, GLW, and RSL.  A patient DH and 3 kids, ages 13(ACK!) 9 and 5

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We have an healthy happy mix of critters in our family, rescue mutt Emma- a lab/sheltie mix. Rescue cat named Jack, a gold fish and 7 hens of mix variety. Autrolorps, BR and 1 EE. Nine one year old layers- BR, RIR, GLW, and RSL.  A patient DH and 3 kids, ages 13(ACK!) 9 and 5

My life is filled w/ Murphys law
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