Chickens and sumac - help!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ladymist2u, Feb 21, 2008.

  1. ladymist2u

    ladymist2u New Egg

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    I have my chicken run (attached to coop) under a sumac tree. Its great "cover" from the local hawks and shade during the hot summers (southern California) but I just learned that sumac berries are toxic to us. I did a little search online and learned that prairie chickens eat sumac but couldn't find anything on domesticated chickens. Does anyone know? Should I be worried about them?????? The run is new this winter but saw one playing with a leaf and started wondering......

    Thanks for any info
    Becky
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Well, I don't know the answer for that... but I find my birds don't tend to eat things that are poisonous to them. Mine free range and so it is part of the risk I take as I don't shelter them from what they walk past and might want to eat. Others have differing experiences.

    Most things that are poisonous will taste bad and animals often learn very quickly what is good and not if they have plenty of "other" stuff to eat and do not get desperate for food.
     
  3. ladymist2u

    ladymist2u New Egg

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    Thanks - that's kinda my mode of thinking, too. They free-range the back yard several hours a day and have had plenty of opportunities to get to them before so.... I guess I'll just have to trust their little built-in poison detectors....
     

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