Firethorn Berries??

coastaltx

In the Brooder
9 Years
Feb 12, 2010
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Has anybody fed Firethorn berries to their chickens? Song birds eat them with gusto, and people can, so I figure chickens can. My new property has many Pyracantha/Firethorn bushes that produce huge numbers of seeds. Figure free chicken food. Experiences?
 

NYREDS

Crowing
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Jan 14, 2008
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As a gereal rule if you can eat it chickens can eat it. Firethorn is in the Rose family & I've seen my chickens peck at the Rose Hips so I assume Firethorn berries would be ok. I have no idea what they would provide nutritionally though.
 

SunflowerKing

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Sep 8, 2021
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Has anybody fed Firethorn berries to their chickens? Song birds eat them with gusto, and people can, so I figure chickens can. My new property has many Pyracantha/Firethorn bushes that produce huge numbers of seeds. Figure free chicken food. Experiences?
Any update on how your chickens liked the firethorn? I’m thinking of planting a lot of them.
 

Rldad1

Songster
Jul 13, 2020
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Be aware that pyracantha berries can ferment if they stay on the bush a long time. I have had many Robins get drunk off of them. I imagine a drunk chicken can be hilarious, robins are.
 

SunflowerKing

Chirping
Sep 8, 2021
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Be aware that pyracantha berries can ferment if they stay on the bush a long time. I have had many Robins get drunk off of them. I imagine a drunk chicken can be hilarious, robins are.
I’m thinking about getting drunk on them too!

firethorn seems to have so many uses in a chicken food forest. I plan to spam them so long as I’m certain chickens will eat them. I was thinking of adding them to my very own grain mix: dried soldier fly larvae, corn, sunflower, amaranth, firethorn berries. It will be a winter supplement feed. What do you think? Any additions?
 

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