Chickens eating walnuts

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by shareverwonder, Sep 23, 2010.

  1. shareverwonder

    shareverwonder Chirping

    Sep 9, 2010
    Northern Ohio
    MY girls and my roo have been eating the black stuff inside the green outer casing of the walnuts. They are all over the yard and it's hard to pick them all up. Is this safe for them to eat? :idunnoThey seem to really enjoy it.
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2010
  2. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    Not really safe. Walnut trees contain a toxin which kills many competing plants around them. A lot of that toxin is found in the coating of a walnut. That's what stains your hands if you handle them. However we never pick up walnuts and had chickens free ranging all around the area with no problems. I don't think I ever saw a chicken eating one though.

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