Osage orange?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by KansasKate, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. KansasKate

    KansasKate Out Of The Brooder

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    We are "blessed" to have osage orange, AKA hedge apple, trees throughout our yard. What I would love to hear is that they are 1) nontoxic and 2) beloved by chickens. Any truth to either of these hopes and dreams? [​IMG]
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    There's an osage orange tree not 20 ft. from one of my coops. The chickens ignore them. If the chickens were penned they might be tempted, but they free range and have many yummy treats to pursue.
     
  3. KansasKate

    KansasKate Out Of The Brooder

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    Now, that's not what I wanted to hear. [​IMG] But I figured as much. We have LOTS of hedge, alas. Ah, well. It was a dream. [​IMG]
     
  4. Ceilismom

    Ceilismom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How about 3) People will buy them in the fall because they are reputed to repel spiders.

    So if you can find a place to sell them, maybe you can offset your feed bill that way?
     
  5. KansasKate

    KansasKate Out Of The Brooder

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    There is so much hedge in Kansas, I doubt anyone will buy them.....nice idea, though!
     
  6. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    I have never heard the term "Osage Orange" - learn something new everyday. Hedge Apples are, as you say, common around Kansas and I have access to them everywhere. It never occurred to me to try them on the chickens, although based on previous answers I'd be wasting my time if I did. However I do know they are non-toxic as they are considered a treat by many horses who will go out of their way to find and eat them.
     
  7. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays

    Just an idea, but do you know any tradtional archers? Osage Orange is the best wood you can get for a traditional long bow. The last 7' stave I bought at a pow wow I paid $70.00 for. Just an idea. Of course you'd have to cut the trees, but something to keep in mind. We have almost none here.
     
  8. nnbreeder

    nnbreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And don't forget about posts. Those things last forever but they are a pain to drive a staple into.

    Got any Honey Locust in the area? Years ago I saw the thorns from them selling on Ebay to use in craft work.
     
  9. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Oh my goodness! Come for a visit. I'll let you have several trees, enough bows to last a lifetime.
     
  10. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays

    Quote:Oh my goodness! Come for a visit. I'll let you have several trees, enough bows to last a lifetime.

    [​IMG] that would be neato! I could make my son his first traditional bow! [​IMG]
     

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