Juniper berries, cedar needles?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by caitybird, Jul 7, 2010.

  1. caitybird

    caitybird Out Of The Brooder

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    I only found one other person asking about juniper berries and they had not been answered, so... Part of our chicken yard is underneath some old cedar trees so I am wondering if they berries and the needles that fall on the ground can have any detrimental effect. They don't seem to be eating them, but I can't be sure. One chicken has gone to laying every other day and is sometimes having bumpy shells, and this morning I found a really weird poop that was so large you'd think it came from a dog. It looked like there might be a little blood on the white part but I can't be sure if that's what it was.
     
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Quote:There are lots of different kinds of juniper berries, some are toxic, some edible.
    I don't think chickens will eat either junipers or cedar needles. But that's not a guarantee, they sometimes do dumb things.

    Bumpy shells are just extra calcium, nothing to worry about.

    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/publications/1/egg-quality-handbook/17/sandpaper-or-rough-shells

    Watch the poop, if there is blood in it, it could be serious. Repost in the emergencies forum if it is bloody. But this also could be nothing.

    Imp
     
  3. BlackBart

    BlackBart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens live with Western Red Cedar and Yellow Cedar and they are fine.
    They don't eat the elderberries either.
     

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