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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Alethea, Dec 4, 2011.

  1. Alethea

    Alethea Songster

    May 23, 2011
    Is it safe to give snowberries to chickens?

  2. peepacheep

    peepacheep Songster

    Alethea, I am not sure what part of the country you are in. I read somewhere, years ago, that snowberries of the PNW would be poured into streams by native people to stun or kill fish. Something in the berries knocked the fish out. I not know if this is true or not. My yard has dense patches of snowberries, I have never seen my chickens or any other bird or mammal, not even Labradors, eat them. Hope this is helpful.
  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I agree with peepacheep.

    I have never seen anything (not even birds) eat our snowberries, but I did read a long time ago on internet that birds eat them, albeit reluctantly.

    I looked them up to see if humans could eat them (it said not to eat them). I'd NEVER eat them nor give them to chickens.

    They are beautiful bushes and very well behaved (I like that they seem to stay put in their little zone, unlike blackberry bushes).
  4. KDK1

    KDK1 Songster

    Jun 29, 2011
    Tennessee Plateau
    Common Snowberry (S. albus) is an important winter food source for quail, pheasant, and grouse, but is considered poisonous to humans. The berries contain the isoquinoline alkaloid chelidonine, as well as other alkaloids. Ingesting the berries causes mild symptoms of vomiting, dizziness, and slight sedation in children.

    Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphoricarpos
  5. Alethea

    Alethea Songster

    May 23, 2011
    Thank you. We are in Oregon and I'll go with not giving the snowberries to the chickens. If grouse (I haven't seen any here, but we have wild turkeys) or anyone else wants to eat them, they are available. If not, we'll just enjoy how pretty they are.

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