Ligustrum sinense (Chinese Privet)

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by 00 Turok, Mar 31, 2012.

  1. 00 Turok

    00 Turok Out Of The Brooder

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    Is anyone here familiar with Chinese Privet? It's a bushy tree that grows like a weed here in Texas & all throughout the southeastern US. I have these trees growing all over my property.

    They grow these little blue/black berries every year & all the migratory birds & song birds love them. BUT... are they toxic to chickens?
     
  2. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    I would think that if birds eat them , they're not poisonous. And I have some poisonous berries on my property, and NO ONE eats them, not birds or chickens.

    I know what Ligustrum is, it's a fast growing hedge or can be modeled into a tree, and gets these little flowers that have a stinky sweet smell (I like it).
     
  3. 00 Turok

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    I like the trees too. My property is literally walled in by privet & the berries fall everywhere. When they ripen dozens of birds fly in to eat them. Just wondering if anyone has ever fed them to their chickens before.
     
  4. carlsaSC

    carlsaSC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think this is what I have in South Carolina. I was wondering the same thing (whether the chickens would like the berries). Unfortunately, it would undoubtedly cause their poop to be full of seeds, and this 'shrub' is invasive enough already.
     

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