I wasn't sure where to put this... oak tree question.

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by DreamsInPink, Apr 15, 2016.

  1. DreamsInPink

    DreamsInPink Chillin' With My Peeps

    I recently read that oak tree leaves and acorns are poisonous to chickens. Not good. I have a large oak tree in my back yard. While the run isn't overly close to it, I did notice some dead leaves in the area that is going to be their run.

    So, now what?

    Do they know enough not to eat them?
     
  2. 0wen

    0wen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't imagine them foraging enough acorns to hurt them if they're foraging in general and/or being offered standard feed.
     
  3. DreamsInPink

    DreamsInPink Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank you for that extra information! The funny thing is, I don't really remember seeing the acorns. Just the leaves in the back yard. Will they avoid the leaves?
     
  4. 0wen

    0wen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I doubt they'd eat bulk oak leaves. Likely more apt to dig at them to reveal what's beneath them (grasses, worms, insects, etc) than take much interest in the leaves themselves.
     
  5. DreamsInPink

    DreamsInPink Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ok, thank you! That makes me feel a lot better...:)
     
  6. gatrapper

    gatrapper Out Of The Brooder

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    My chickens free range and they are always in and around oak leaves and I have had 0 problems. They scratch through the leaves for worms, grubs, crickets, etc I have never seen them eat a leaf.
     
  7. DreamsInPink

    DreamsInPink Chillin' With My Peeps

    Awesome news! Thanks so much!! :D
     

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