Black locust trees and wood boring beetles

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by hmvaughan, Sep 11, 2011.

  1. hmvaughan

    hmvaughan New Egg

    Sep 11, 2011
    I have two questions: 1) Are black locust trees are unsafe for chickens to be around? I have seen conflicting information on the safety of black locust. One post said the leaves are toxic to chickens. Another said the seeds are good food for them. 2) Are locust borer beetles unsafe for chickens? We were planning on moving our coop & run to an area under two black locust trees. The trees are infested with locust borers. Although the recommended treatment for this pest is spraying with lindane, we will not be doing that because of the danger of this pesticide to humans and animals. I figure if we don't spray the trees the chickens are likely to come in contact with the beetles and their larva. Thanks for your insight!

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