are pepper tree peppercorns dangerous?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Gretapearl, Dec 29, 2010.

  1. Gretapearl

    Gretapearl New Egg

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    Hello...
    I am considering a spot next to a pepper tree for my coop. Are the peppercorns that fall bad or dangerous to chickens?
    Thank you:)
     
  2. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    Good question !!!!!! [​IMG]
     
  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    A warm welcome to BYC from an imp Washington

    What kind of pepper?

    Imp- has not read that peppers/peppercorns are dangerous to chickens.

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  4. Gretapearl

    Gretapearl New Egg

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    It is a California Pepper tree. It drops little bb sized pepper corns that smell just like the pepper you would use in your kitchen. I'm wondering first if they will be interested in eating them, and then if they do, would it hurt them?
     
  5. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    I think it is more the leaves that are poisonous.
    Peruvian Pepper (Schinus molle, also known as American pepper, Peruvian peppertree, escobilla, false pepper, molle del Peru, pepper tree, peppercorn tree, Californian pepper tree, pirul and Peruvian mastic.
    The fruit and leaves are, however, potentially poisonous to poultry, pigs and possibly calves. Records also exist of young children who have experienced vomiting and diarrhea after eating the fruit.

    I think you would be best off keeping the chickens and young children away from the tree..


    Chris
     
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2010

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