Holly Berries.... Good For Chickens?

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  1. buffyfluffy17

    buffyfluffy17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am planning to take a christmas card picture of my 15 chicken flock and have come up with a creative idea. But this idea includes holly berries. I have taken a few from my holly berry bush and tree and fed a few of them to my chickens. There seems to be none of any signs that show my chickens have been harmed. I would like to know more information on holly berries and thier dangers with chickens.

    Are holly berries poisonous to chickens? I would like to hear your answers.


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  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    I have never heard they are bad. Chickens often know what is good and what isn't so if they are bad then your flock won't eat them. But many people have chickens who eat them and haven't gotten sick.
     
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  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    I've heard holly berries were poison to pets (dogs,cats) and humans. Could be an old wive's tale but, I wouldn't chance it. Chickens have probably never seen it before so don't know it's it's okay to eat or not.
     
  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. I have never person had chickens that ate holly berries, so I am not speaking from experience, but all the sites that I've read on the subject agree that holly berries are poisonous to chickens. Some examples can be seen at http://ferndalechickens.com/plants-toxic-to-chickens/, http://www.warwickshirechickencoop.com/PBCPPlayer.asp?ID=1295240, and https://www.hensforpets.co.uk/advice/poisonous-plants. Please feel free to ask any other questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock.
     
  5. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    Sometimes plants are toxic but the ill effects don't show up immediately. Here's a link to a listing of toxic plants and their effects that may be helpful to you:
    http://www.poultryhelp.com/toxicplants.html#H
    (Holly is listed as harmful to the gastrointestinal tract.)

    Nice to have you join us!
     
  6. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    Although its said chickens tend to know what to eat and what not to eat, most will eat anything we offer them which is different then discovering and tasting things on their own. Holly berries are listed as toxic and personally I would not offer them to your flock. There is really not enough information available on relative toxicity of most items in the lists or the amount it takes to cause harm.
     
  7. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    After seeing chickens eat sytrofoam, bits of paper, string, etc., I don't think they really know what is good or not good for them. To me, they are more like little kids that will put anything in their mouths (good or bad). If I'm not sure something is ok, then I don't want my birds eating it. Why risk it? Better safe than sorry! [​IMG]
     
  8. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    NorthFLChick X2 I am not sure they really do know what is good for them and what is not good for them. It is not worth the risk. You might use one of those bird seed wreaths instead for a Christmas pic with your birds. Then you can let them eat it! LOL

    Enjoy your holiday season with your flock and welcome to ours!
     
  9. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Yup that is what I said too
     
  10. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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