Coops and walnut trees

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by kiwilady, Jan 24, 2012.

  1. kiwilady

    kiwilady Out Of The Brooder

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    Our chicken coop is next to our large walnut tree. We want to extend the coop to include the tree. The plan is to cut off all the greenery inside the coop, leaving the lower branches for roosts, and covering the wire on the top of the coop with shade cloth to stop the walnuts and leaves falling into the coop as we understand these are toxic. Is it safe for our chooks to scratch in the earth at the base of the tree? Anyone with any ideas?
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Black walnuts? They put out a poison that prevents much of anything from growing below them, even for some years after they are cut down -- voice of experience I don't know how toxic the living tree itself is.
     
  3. PtldChick

    PtldChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Black walnut is toxic to horses, not sure about chickens though. Might want to google it and see.
     
  4. The Lazy L

    The Lazy L Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've got a woods full of hickory nuts. Internet search say Walnuts and Hickories are OK. Look towards the bottom of this article under "Miscellaneous": http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-pick-treats-for-chickens.html
     
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  5. kiwilady

    kiwilady Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for your reply, and I have read the info in the link you provided. My chooks have been around the tree for some time and have no interest in either the nuts or leaves apparently but I guess I was concerned about them grubbing around in the ground around the tree since apparently nothing grows around it because of the toxins it puts out. Having said that if there is an adverse effect at all we can fence the tree off again, so maybe I am making a mountain out of a molehill. My husband has a Plan (which usually means building extra bits, lol) so we'll see how it goes!
     
  6. kiwilady

    kiwilady Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you to those who posted ...have reached the conclusion that the trees are English Walnut so panic over! lol
     
  7. CluckyJay

    CluckyJay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I make my own black walnut extract to use in my natural dewormers. Chickens are fine with it. We have several BW trees and my animals are fine. No horses though.
     
  8. jd325

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    What the hell are "chooks"?
     
  9. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

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    Chooks is the collective term for chickens, in some places. "Chook" is very similar to the clucking sound they make, so it makes sense in a sort of linguistic manner.
     

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