Cherry Tree Leaves OK for Chickens??

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by m_herrington, Jun 14, 2008.

  1. m_herrington

    m_herrington Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are wild cherry tree leaves ok for chickens to eat?

    I know that horses and cows and such cannot eat wilted wild cherry leaves, but I am not sure if the same would apply to chickens.

    The area where I intend to put my run has a couple small wild cherry trees in it and there are plenty of cherrys in my woods around that area as well. Is that going to be a problem?
     
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  2. m_herrington

    m_herrington Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone have a clue about this? please!

    I don't want to poison my chicks, but I don't want to cut down some nice cherry trees if I don't have to.
     
  3. bantamman13

    bantamman13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is a large cherry tree as well several smaller ones that are around my chicken pens and I have never had a problem with it. My grandmother always said a chicken would not eat anything wild that would harm it.So unless somenone accidently throws some in the pen with the chikens I would say you are alright.
     
  4. cajunlizz

    cajunlizz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what about other types of leaves from different trees ? Like say pecan ?



    Coop and run are really close to pecan trees and was just wondering if leaves fall in , would it hurt if chickens pecked and perhaps ate the leaves ?
     
  5. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    I would not worry with freerange chickens. OTOH if the chickens are in an otherwise-bare pen and some autumn leaves fall in, I would be a lot less sanguine about it. I cannot think of any particular reason they *shouldn't* be toxic to chickens as well as larger stock, although I emphasize that I really don't know for sure.

    Cajunlizz, it's just things in the Prunus family (cherries etcetera); I think pecans are something else, right?

    Pat
     

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