nightshade berries

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by emvdt, Aug 16, 2015.

  1. emvdt

    emvdt New Egg

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    Can my chickens eat the red berries from the bittersweet or deadly nightshade plants?
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

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  3. emvdt

    emvdt New Egg

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    thanks, but it still doesn't tell me if the chickens can eat the ripened red berries safely......
     
  4. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    I would not worry too much about what your chickens eat that they find growing in their environment. All birds to include chickens commonly consume naturally occurring strychnine without harm.

    What's one mans' poison is another mans' tonic and visa versa.

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    Sorry that I can't provide a more definite answer.
     
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  5. emvdt

    emvdt New Egg

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    thanks, anybody else have any thoughts on this before I go picking the berries and giving them to my girls.....
     
  6. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    I wouldn't, why risk it, we have them all over and I don't think anything eats them.
     
  7. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Bittersweet I think not a problem. Nightshade mine sometimes eat but I think they only do when very hungry and may suffer later.
     
  8. emvdt

    emvdt New Egg

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    Thanks everyone...guess I won't give them to the girls...I'll stick to grapes, which they love!!!!!
     
  9. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    Apparently wild birds do eat nightshade berries, because the darned stuff springs up everywhere! I pull the plants up wherever I find them for disposal, and would never feed them to my birds! Mary
     
  10. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    For many of us, pulling up all the plants is not practical. Even mowing does not prevent setting of fruit in my pasture. Therefore birds will have access the berries, especially in winter as other greens become less palatable.
     

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