Hickory tree next to run

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by jray, Feb 24, 2008.

  1. jray

    jray In the Brooder

    Feb 5, 2008
    Piedmont, SC
    I've got a small 20' hickory tree right next to where my new run will be located. I thought it might provide a little shade for the birds, but wonder if they will try to eat the bittler nuts and make the eggs taste bad.
  2. countryboy

    countryboy Songster

    Oct 31, 2007
    i dont know the answer to that, and it brings a question to my mind about the elms in my yard. wonder if it would be an issue.
  3. 1acrefarm

    1acrefarm Songster

    Nov 3, 2007
    I don't know if hickory nuts would be any different but my chickens eat acorns with no issues.
  4. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    I have hickory trees in my yard and free range my flocks and have never had a chicken try to swallow a nut, they are too big for them to try.
  5. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

    Jan 27, 2007
    Same as Rooster-Red, the property is pretty well covered by shagbarks and White Oak (60ft. Shagbark in chook run), the turkeys eat the acorns but the chooks ignore them - and the hickory nuts can't be swallowed by a chook (though they'll hang around the deck waiting for us to crack them open). I'm more worried about one of the chooks getting `bonked' when the nuts start dropping.
  6. Krysstyllanthrox

    Krysstyllanthrox Songster

    Jan 27, 2008
    I'm not sure if the hickory nuts are different where you are from where I grew up. But where I grew up the nuts were huge and HARD, had to use a hammer to get into them. (Oddly enough, our dog could just chomp on them and get them open but he has jaws of steel.) If the chickens can swallow/open them, I'll be impressed.
  7. jray

    jray In the Brooder

    Feb 5, 2008
    Piedmont, SC
    Thanks to all for the replies!

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