Christmas tree

Discussion in 'Pheasants and Partridge (Chukar)' started by deserthotwings, Dec 5, 2011.

  1. deserthotwings

    deserthotwings Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2011
    Queen Creek AZ
    Would like to hear information on using left over Christmas trees in pens for winter shelter. I have never used any and am not sure if they might be toxic to the birds. Seems like it would be a good use for them instead of just trashing them.
  2. DancingHen

    DancingHen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2011
    Central Oregon Coast
    Cedar and henlock can be toxic, but regular pine and spruce should be fine. We have huge evergreens on our property that shed large branches during storms and we collect those branches to put in the chicken runs. The birds love to pick through them and hide in them. I do throw my christmas tree outside for wild birds to use as shelter. I think it would be a great way to get extra use out of your tree. The only concern I would have is to be very careful making sure no metal ornament hooks or other items get left on the tree that the birds may find and swallow.

    Here's my hen Lucy enjoying some branches we salvaged after our last storm.
  3. deserthotwings

    deserthotwings Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2011
    Queen Creek AZ
    Thanks DancingHen. Wasn't sure if pheasants might try to eat the needles and due damage. I always see a lot of left over trees a couple of days after Christmas and thought this might be a good use for them. I try to keep at least one citrus tree in each pen for shade during the summer and thought the birds might enjoy hiding in the Christmas trees. Thanks for the photo and info. Lucy is beautiful..
  4. birdboy15

    birdboy15 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 13, 2010
    Falmouth, Michigan
    Because my family owns about 400 acers of christmass trees (some pruned some not) I have access to all that I need. I put trees and branches in all pheasant, guinea, quail, and peacock pens. the birds love them and spend more time in the trees than in their shelter.
  5. deserthotwings

    deserthotwings Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2011
    Queen Creek AZ
    Good to know Birdboy15. Sounds like you and DancingHen have a good thing going with the Christmas trees. Do you leave them in the pens when they start to dry out or remove them ?
  6. adriano

    adriano Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 28, 2009
    Quote:I have left mine in it since last january and have had no problems.
    They keep the colour for several months and have provided nesting places for mine.
    I have them in all pens and collect them from the christmas tree collection in our local recycle pick up.
  7. aldren90

    aldren90 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 11, 2010
    I use my tree every year nd they love it and then it gets covered with poop and i take it out and they all look like they are sad i have had pheasant parrots and doves have nests in these guys and babies too!
  8. J3172

    J3172 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2010
    I like to take the leftover tree cut the branches off the middle of one side. Then when I set in on it's side their is a open space they can get under very easy, and by leaving the branches on the top side the snow collects, making a perfect natural shelter that all my species of pheasant seem to love.
  9. wbruder17

    wbruder17 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 7, 2010
    Portland, OR
    My Lady Amherst loves the broken pine tree branch I put in their run. I just laid it over the top of their existing tree branch perch and he has slept on it every night. The Red Goldens have avoided it, but the chickens like when I give them a pine tree branch as well.
  10. Alien

    Alien Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 8, 2010
    Kind of off topic, speaking of Christmas trees. I hope to find 1 or 2 pairs of Bulwers Wattled Pheasants under my Christmas Tree.
    Just a hint Santa.

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