Peach tree leaves and peaches

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by crissycriss, Jul 31, 2013.

  1. crissycriss

    crissycriss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My sister's peach tree was so loaded large branches broke off. I brought them home and threw them in my run. I have muscovy & mallard ducks and chickens will the leaves or the peaches hurt them? Thanks in advance!
    what about the seeds if they came open?
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I'd put some rooting hormone on them and stick them in the ground, keep them watered to see if they will grow a tree. [​IMG]

    My chickens are able to eat other types of fruit tree leaves (they can reach them in other words) but don't really care for them...don't know about ducks.
     
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  3. Amastacia

    Amastacia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it is unlikely that they will be a problem. the leaves won't be, the fruit won't be, and i doubt they will be able to get the stones open enough to have a problem.
     
  4. crissycriss

    crissycriss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you both so much for anwsering i feel better about it. I did save one of the smaller limbs and im gonna try to root it. LOL!
     
  5. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    It actually CAN be a problem with stone fruit tree's like peaches, plums etc. Fresh, right off the tree leaves are ok, as are completely dry leaves. It's when a green leaf is wilted, as in a trimmed branch, or hit by a sudden, hard frost, that they become dangerous. Cutting green leaves, or having a frost, causes the glucoside in the leaf to change to hydrocyanic acid, aka cyanide, and sugar. A little bit can kill larger animals, I sure wouldn't want my little chickens eating it.
     
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  6. Amastacia

    Amastacia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the leaves, even wilted are pretty much only a problem for ruminants (cows, horses, i'm pretty sure sheep and goats) because their stomachs can break down the leaves enough to release the cyanide. other animals can't.
     
  7. crissycriss

    crissycriss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm worried again. ): I am gonna get the limbs out tonight. They have done ate all they can reach any way and they were fresh when i threw them in. Most of the fruit has done been ate as well. Thanks!
     

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