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Do chickens eat blueberries?

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Hello
I'm new to BYC and have always wanted chickens.  I'm hoping to build a new coop this fall.
I own an organic blueberry farm, and around late summer, there is a lot of fallen berries on the ground.  I wondering if chickens will eat the fallen fruit?
What I am also wondering is if they eat fly larvae that is in the fallen fruit, will the lavae come out the other end unharmed, or will it be destroyed? 
Can you have ducks and chickens together? 
thanks, Heather

post #2 of 21

yes to everything

post #3 of 21

Yep, they will eat berries and it'll turn their poop purple!

They will also eat the bugs and any berries they can reach off the plants.

Fly larva won't survive their guts.

Chickens and ducks can share range, but ducks are often too wet for chickens to stay dry.

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post #4 of 21

Last year, my cornish cross would actually leap up into the air to grab blueberries right off the bush.

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post #5 of 21

lol yeah it does turn their poop purple!! and beets make it hotpink!

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post #6 of 21

My chickens chase me down for blueberries, grapes & cantaloupe.  Blueberries are one of their favorite foods.

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post #7 of 21

I have about 100 blueberry bushes on the place--one patch is right off the chicken yard, whenever someone is picking there the hens gather at that corner and beg.  We'll toss the bird pecked and bug infested berries to them just to watch them chase them. I won't let them in near the bushes until the berries are all picked because they will climb the bushes for them but let them out after the season to clean up.

As far as chickens and duck, they'll do ok together but ducks tend to be messy in re to water and poop.  If you're planning on housing them together you're going to have to clean up more often and have a good water supply.  Been there, done that and sold all the ducks.

I live on 7.5 acres in the western Catskill foothills where I have a 3200 sq.ft garden, 100-plant blueberry patch as well as strawberry and raspberry patches, 4 cats and over 4 dozen chickens: Black Stars, RIR's,  EE's, Brown leghorns, BR's, SS's (including one very happy EE rooster) plus 6 guinea hens. I've been keeping chickens since I was in high school (mid 1950') and continuously since...



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I live on 7.5 acres in the western Catskill foothills where I have a 3200 sq.ft garden, 100-plant blueberry patch as well as strawberry and raspberry patches, 4 cats and over 4 dozen chickens: Black Stars, RIR's,  EE's, Brown leghorns, BR's, SS's (including one very happy EE rooster) plus 6 guinea hens. I've been keeping chickens since I was in high school (mid 1950') and continuously since...



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post #8 of 21

If you turn them loose they will also eat the blueberries on teh bush... and the bush wink
  I love to give mine cold blueberries this time of year - it is the only cold thing they will even eat!

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"Mom" to 2 Yellow Labs - Buford, 14yrs and Rio, 2 yrs; Rags - mutt from the pound; 28yr old horse - Skye, 22mth old gelding  - Buddy; 8 cats - Leroy, Boots, Lil, Diva, Baka, Dot, Elmo and PITA; 2 Barred Rocks , 2 Brahmas (1 dark, 1 buff)  , 2 Golden Comets, 2 RIRs, 2 EEs  2 Black Jersey Giants 2 Buff Orps ; foster mom to horses seized and / or surrendered; Friend to Kubota (RIP sweet roo)
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post #9 of 21

Mine cleaned my potted blueberry bush out!  They love them.

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post #10 of 21

I'm gonna give mine some beets now! Thats awesome!

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