Honeysuckle - vines

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Grindlefamily, Jun 28, 2008.

  1. Grindlefamily

    Grindlefamily Songster

    Mar 30, 2008
    Fairfield, ME
    I looked up the bad for chicken plants and found the honeysuckle bush, but not the vine listed. Is there a difference or are both bad?? I have the vine and just wanted to make sure to keep the chickens away if I needed to.

  2. PuffMommy

    PuffMommy In the Brooder

    Apr 9, 2008
    Fairfield, CT
    I was just going to post the same question! I just planted a vine to climb the run for some shade and some fragrance. The chicks have been picking at it and after reading about this tonight I am nervous...
  3. Grindlefamily

    Grindlefamily Songster

    Mar 30, 2008
    Fairfield, ME
    anyone with good knowledge??
  4. smom1976

    smom1976 too many projects too little time!

    May 2, 2008
    Pensacola, FL
    oh my I planted one too..

    and a gardenia bush..
  5. ridgrats

    ridgrats In the Brooder

    Apr 12, 2008
    Royston, GA
    I don't know about the honeysuckle bush. Here in the south we have what we always called wild honeysuckle in a bush form but I think it's truly a native azalea. Our 'regular' honeysuckle is a vine, with white and yellow trumpet shaped flowers, and I pull the tender vine ends and leaves and feed my chicks all the time with no problem. The free rangers also eat what they can get to.

    If its poisonous my birds don't know it!

  6. zgrower

    zgrower In the Brooder

    Jun 14, 2008
    I dont know anything about a honeysuckle "bush" but I do know that the native yellow or white honey suckle vine mentioned above is both edible and highly sought after by whitetail deer. I'm willing to bet its the same for chickens.

    Its also right tasty to suck the juice out of the flowers in the spring. I've been doing this my entire life and dont seem to have had any adverse affects. any that can be blamed on the honeysuckle at least.
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2008
  7. purr

    purr Songster

    Apr 30, 2008
    east freetown, ma
    me too when i was a little girl me and my cousins would pick all the blossoms off the honeysuckle vine and suck all the juice out , it is sooo sweet.
  8. pinkfeather

    pinkfeather Songster

    Dec 3, 2007
    What about the berries off of a honeysuckle bush? Does any one know if those would be ok for my chickens?

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