Juniper Tree & Chickens

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jgcalifornia, Dec 20, 2012.

  1. jgcalifornia

    jgcalifornia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I cant narrow down exactly what kind of Juniper Tree we have, but the Chickens absolutely love the berries.
    From what I could find, they are okay, but just want to make sure, 100% the berries are ok.
    Also, are they beneficial as well? Or just a tasty treat?

    Any info is appreciated, thank you!!
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Can you post a picture of the tree for us to take a look? I think if the chickens eat it - and have been with no sign of problems - all should be fine. Good luck to you!
     
  3. jgcalifornia

    jgcalifornia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    of course, thanks for the reply! Here are 4 pics. Most of the Juniper tress Ive been seeing look way more "piney".

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  4. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they eat it as free choice, it probably is safe. Evolution tends to cull the stupid animals.

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  5. jgcalifornia

    jgcalifornia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have yet to meet a stupid animal.

    Human's though, I can't seem to get through a day without interacting with one.
     
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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  7. FenikT

    FenikT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks to be a Yew of some type. Take a peek at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taxus_baccata. I recall my mom had several Yew bushes at her house and used to comment the birds enjoyed the berries. Given the above link, seems birds are relied upon to spread the seeds through ingestion of the berries.
     
  8. jgcalifornia

    jgcalifornia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the info.
    The pics of the Yew although similar, look very different from our tree. The trunk alone & bark are very different.
    Also, for some reason, the berries on our's seem to grow in two's, with one of them always staying smaller & harder, not quite a berry.
    Do you not think it is a Juniper?
    thanks for the help!!
     
  9. donrae

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    It's not the junipers I've known, those are an evergreen with needles. I don't know what your tree is.
     
  10. jgcalifornia

    jgcalifornia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks to Linda, over at Tree People, this tree is successfully identified as [FONT=Verdana, Helvetica, Arial]Podocarpus Macrophyllus[/FONT].
    YEW PINE Podocarpus macrophyllus to be exact. (but oddly enough, not a yew or a pine).

    The fruit, known as aril, no problem for the chickens, however the seed is poisonous.

    http://selectree.calpoly.edu/treede...ession=selectree:634CBBB102b051958AvLP126EE83

    thank you everyone!
     
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