Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by rizq, Oct 17, 2008.

  1. rizq

    rizq Songster

    Oct 9, 2008
    I about had a heart attack when I went down to the pen today. All kinds of red poo everywhere. They acted healthy, but I thought my chickens were very sick and pooping blood. Nope. They've been eating poke berries.

    Will poke or its berries hurt the birds? They seem to really like them and they don't seem to bother wild birds. I have heard that poke is poison, though.

    If poke is poison to us and not the birds, is this something that would make eating the eggs a problem?

  2. bubbazmommy

    bubbazmommy Songster

    Oct 8, 2008
    Albany, ME
    That is scary!! I wish I had an answer for you but I am too new to this. [​IMG]
  3. I know from reading that birds eat polk berries. It isn't the flesh that is poisonous but, the seeds. Wild birds do not eat the seeds as they pass through their digestive tract. Can't find any information on chickens though.
  4. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    It is true that the UNCOOKED leaves and berries can be mildly toxic to humans; cooked leaves are fine, but I've never heard of the berries being toxic to birds. They go after them here like candy.

    ETA: it isn't "polk salad" as many people think, it is "poke salet" [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2008
  5. rizq

    rizq Songster

    Oct 9, 2008
    Yeah, poke salad or poke salet are made from the leaves thrice boiled with clean water each time.

    I won't worry about them eating the berries them. I didn't think they would hurt them, but wasn't entirely sure and was a little concerned about the eggs [​IMG]

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