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Chickens and Apricots

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by starfroggie, Mar 11, 2008.

  1. starfroggie

    starfroggie Songster

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    I have an apricot tree in my backyard. I was thinking of putting my 10x20 dog kennel around it for a chicken yard. Is there any danger to the chickens by doing this? Increased risk of parasites from the bark of the tree or anything? Thanks.
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I think it would be fine. Plus, any old fruits that fall they can enjoy!
     
  3. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    I agree with silkie. They should be fine
     
  4. Kaneke

    Kaneke Songster

    plus the chickens will be happy to eat any bugs, insects, etc ... attracted by apricot blossoms or fruit

    ahhh -- eastern Washington apricots ! have cousin in East Wenatchee with glorious ones .... tree ripened are the best
     
  5. starfroggie

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    Could the chickens damage the tree? I thought maybe they would like to roost in it but wasn't sure.
     
  6. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    how high is the tree or how low are the branches. They really cant do damage like a woodpecker could.
     
  7. starfroggie

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    The branches start pretty low, maybe a foot off the ground. The tree is probably 8' high total.

    Thanks for the feedback.
     
  8. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    They might perch. if it has alot of foliage they will use it as shelter from flying predators
     

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