Palm Tree Stumps .. Toxic?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Teila, Apr 8, 2017.

  1. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    Hey Guys n' Gals, I need your advice please.

    Long story short, we are in the process of moving and hubby has already arrived at our new location and is building the coop so that we can fly the girls to their new home.

    Anyways, the tree lopper was brought in to remove 3 very large palms which were close to the house and interfering with the installation of the new guttering. After I got the pictures from him in an e.mail, I was quickly on the phone to to ask what had been done with the off cuts and he said that the majority of them had been taken away but he had kept 5 or 6 because he knew I would have a use for them! He knows me so well [​IMG]

    Anyways, my thought was to pop them in the run, in a cluster but at staggered heights for the girls to perch on.

    My question .. They are palm stumps; do you think they will be OK for the girls to sit on and possibly clean their beaks on or could there be a toxicity risk?

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  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Hmmmm......did a quick search found this:
    http://www.poultryhelp.com/toxicplants.html

    Areca catechu (ARECA PALM, BETEL NUT); entire plant.

    ARECA PALM (Areca catechu); entire plant.

    Didn't look further....but I would advise to at least let logs weather, dry out completely, while doing more research on plams.
     
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  3. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    Thank you so very much for that aart.

    I do not know what type of palms they were but I am leaning towards not intentionally giving them access to them by putting them in the run; we have many safer options to use to construct a perch-tree or similar for them.

    They will not go to waste, I will still probably use them around the garden somewhere, pot plant stands etc.

    Thanks again! That is a good web page! [​IMG]
     

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