Can chickens eat black walnuts and leaves from the tree?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Chicabee19, Aug 28, 2008.

  1. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What about the hulls that encase the walnuts?

    thanks!
     
  2. fullhouse

    fullhouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine do, we have a black and a shagbark. No one's dead yet.
     
  3. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow! I'd have thought the tannin would curl their toes . . .
     
  4. goldensunriseranch

    goldensunriseranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine totally ignore them, both the leaves and the fallen walnuts. Except when my son bowls the walnuts at them, then they run from them. [​IMG]
    I do sometimes worry somebody is going to get hit by one falling from the tree though, they make an awful big thump when they hit the ground.
     
  5. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    for some reason the crows like to drop them on our three skylights early in the morning!
     
  6. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

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    We have both Black Walnuts and Hickory nuts (lots of both). The chooks pretty much ignore us when they realize we're cracking Black Walnuts. However, if we are cracking hickory nuts it's a pain to keep them away as they grab any bit they can get to. Off course, if all your chooks have access to are Black Walnuts, then they might eat the heck out of them (don't know).
     
  7. Jilara

    Jilara Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldn't let them eat too many leaves or hulls, due to the tanin content. I'm impressed that they eat them at all!
     
  8. reallemons1

    reallemons1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Herbalists often use black walnut as a wormer for people and some animals. Does anyone know if it would work as a wormer in chickens? Just a thought.
     
  9. digitS'

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    reallemons1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, thanks for the warning. We are always careful to get wood shavings without black walnut in them.
     

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