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Eat your blackberries/raspberries?

post #1 of 18
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Do your chickens eat your berries, off the plant?  I have a ton of berries this year and will be disappointed if the chooks eat all my berries!  The new pruning method works great.  Wish I had not followed Gurney's advice, all those years!!!

post #2 of 18

I have blackberries growing wild all around my property, and if my hens can reach them, they do eat them.  They LOVE berries.....sorry to say........sad

Currently keeping a flock of 14 chickens, one rooster and 13 hens.  I have three Easter Eggers, three Golden Buffs, two Marans and six Buff Brahmas.  My hobbies are gardening, chicken keeping, and beekeeping.  I'm married with two sons, a step son and daughter, and two really cute grandkids!
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Currently keeping a flock of 14 chickens, one rooster and 13 hens.  I have three Easter Eggers, three Golden Buffs, two Marans and six Buff Brahmas.  My hobbies are gardening, chicken keeping, and beekeeping.  I'm married with two sons, a step son and daughter, and two really cute grandkids!
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post #3 of 18
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Originally Posted by chicmom 

I have blackberries growing wild all around my property, and if my hens can reach them, they do eat them.  They LOVE berries.....sorry to say........sad


Stupid chickens. 

They love to rest under the plants, in the dappled sunshine.  Hopefully they won't jump to the top and eat ALL of them.  I'll have, probably 80 pounds of berries but who's to say six chickens can't eat that much, before I can get to them?  They'll probably sit and stare at each one until the moment it becomes ripe them pluck it off, eat it and move on to the next one.

The bantams will probably just climb the plants to get to the more succulent ones.

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I'll come home from work, to find all my chickens laying on their backs, with their wings straight out and bellies stretched tight.

[BURP]

post #5 of 18

I only have berries from my the height of my tallest chicken and upwards....lol.

Below that... nothing but sticks and thorns. Silly birds.

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post #6 of 18

I also lose all my low lying blackberries and the chickens eat so many their poop turns purple!

Sandie

post #7 of 18

It is fun to watch them jump up to pluck a grape or berry well above their heads.  It's about the only time I see them jump without flapping thier wings.

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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.)

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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post #8 of 18

Smart birds...they know what is good for them.  yum yum fresh fruit.

post #9 of 18

I have about given up on my berries because of the chickens. I watch them fly a foot off the ground to grab berries.

The good thought is maybe they will poop out the seeds and spread more berry bushes around so we can all have some someday.

*sigh*

post #10 of 18

I've seen my chickens work their way to the top of a 30' mature Illinois Everbearing Mulberry tree. (See my BYC page for pics of the mulberry tree) So I don't think your blackberries/raspberries stand a chance.

Just a old coot with some backyard chickens and a garden.
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Just a old coot with some backyard chickens and a garden.
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