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bamboo ???

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Lstorns, Mar 29, 2015.

  1. Lstorns

    Lstorns New Egg

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    So I've noticed my girls eat bamboo leaves and really seem to like them. Well I thought that since bamboo is a type of grass that it would be a great supplemental and organic addition to their diet. It is one of the fastest growing plants out there. And I can barely keep it under control so I'm pretty sure its sustainable. But my question is , Is it ok to let them eat it ?
     
  2. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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  3. glib

    glib Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bamboo shoots have substantial cyanide (degraded when cooked), although I have eaten raw shoots without ill effects. Cows too prefer bamboo leaves (very high protein) to grass, so my guess is that cyanide is there only during the shoot phase.
     
  4. Lstorns

    Lstorns New Egg

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    thanks Ill look around some more but the this info is great. I was only wondering about the leaves because as I clear the bamboo I can let them feed on the leaves of the stalks I tae down. Theres not much I can do about the shoots though. Their yard is clear of all bamboo so I guess they are eating them s they come up but I cant control where theywill pop up and theydont seem to have harmed the girls yet so I guess tey are cool. Thanks again
     
  5. Hangtown Farms

    Hangtown Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    chickens love bamboo and no it is not toxic
     

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