ID plant, is it edible for chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Bob W [FL], Sep 11, 2012.

  1. Bob W [FL]

    Bob W [FL] Out Of The Brooder

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    This plant grows wild on my central Florida property. Can anyone ID it? Is it edible for the chickens? The berries are about 3/16" to 1/4" diameter.
    the plant has multiple stalks and will get 8'-0 plus high.

    Thanks
    Bob

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  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

  3. AnotherSusan

    AnotherSusan Out Of The Brooder

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    Beautyberry! Yes they can eat it and so can you. Look up beautyberry jelly. Yum!
     
  4. spikennipper

    spikennipper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's a callicarpa or beauty berry bush really nice plant have heard of chickens eating it with no ill effects.
     
  5. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I didn't know it was edible.

    I've had mine for several years. It only blooms and produces the berries 1x a year. I planted it for the winter color of the berries.

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  6. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Had to go out into the yard and look.
    Mine has tiny greenish yellow berries on it now.

    Imp
     
  7. memphis

    memphis Overrun With Chickens

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    Wild birds eat the berries off of mine.
     
  8. Bob W [FL]

    Bob W [FL] Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for all the quick replies. I believe it is definitely Beauty Berry.

    I'll give a little to the chickens and see what they think. Where their run is now they can not get to it. But I plan on increasing their run and when I do they will have access to it.

    Thanks again
     
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2012
  9. WillsC

    WillsC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As others have said it is edible by the birds and humans. The raw berries have a anise taste to them. I have hundreds of them here.they are basically weeds.
     
  10. Bob W [FL]

    Bob W [FL] Out Of The Brooder

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    Well I gave some of the Beauty Berries to the chickens, they seem to like them. I'll give them in limited quantities to avoid problems of too many berries.
     

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