Chokecherries for chickens?

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Hello all! I have had chickens for 6 years now and have been pretty knowledgeable about what they can and cannot eat. However we just moved into a new home that has a chokecherry tree I had no idea was there. After I let my flock out to forage I came back after a bit to see what they were up to. They were all gathered around the tree feasting on the cherries. I had no idea. What it was at the time, once I found out what it was and saw that they're toxic to chickens I freaked out and watched them like a hawk, next day they were perfectly fine. So are chokecherries really toxic to chickens?
 

Emelyn

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Hello all! I have had chickens for 6 years now and have been pretty knowledgeable about what they can and cannot eat. However we just moved into a new home that has a chokecherry tree I had no idea was there. After I let my flock out to forage I came back after a bit to see what they were up to. They were all gathered around the tree feasting on the cherries. I had no idea. What it was at the time, once I found out what it was and saw that they're toxic to chickens I freaked out and watched them like a hawk, next day they were perfectly fine. So are chokecherries really toxic to chickens?
The leaves and seeds of the shrub are toxic but not the skin itself
 

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Hello all! I have had chickens for 6 years now and have been pretty knowledgeable about what they can and cannot eat. However we just moved into a new home that has a chokecherry tree I had no idea was there. After I let my flock out to forage I came back after a bit to see what they were up to. They were all gathered around the tree feasting on the cherries. I had no idea. What it was at the time, once I found out what it was and saw that they're toxic to chickens I freaked out and watched them like a hawk, next day they were perfectly fine. So are chokecherries really toxic to chickens?
The stem/leaves/buds are, but I think they can eat chokeberries. They can't eat cherry seeds though.
 

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