sumac brries

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by fairladi_chick, Jan 28, 2009.

  1. fairladi_chick

    fairladi_chick In the Brooder

    Oct 4, 2008
    gray court,sc
    can chickens eat sumac berries? we have some sumac and was wonderin if its ok?
  2. digitS'

    digitS' Songster

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    Well, I hope you get a response from someone more knowledgeable.

    The sumac here is not the poisonous kind. I checked some toxic plant sites and it isn't listed by UCDavis, Purdue University Plants Poisonous to Livestock and Pets, or by Merck Vet Manual.

    Here's what Cornell's Plants Poisonous to Livestock and other Animals says about it: "Species Most Often Affected: humans"

    West Virginia University, Poisonous Plants of the Southern United States: "The toxin has little or no effect on animals but pets may carry the irritating substance on their hair and thereby transmit it to humans."
    Keep in mind that poison ivy is related and looks similar. So . . . I don't really know what to tell you. [​IMG]

  3. crazyhen

    crazyhen Crowing

    Aug 26, 2008
    mtns of ,NC.
    The red sumac seeds were used as a tea. But all the others are poisonous. Know your plants before trying any wild plant. I am not sure if fowl could tolerate them either. Jean
  4. cgmccary

    cgmccary Songster 10 Years

    Sep 14, 2007
    NE Alabama
    I believe they are poisonous to chickens but don't think you have to worry because if they are, then very likely, they won't eat them (or they will not eat enough to get sick).
  5. cherig22

    cherig22 Green Fields Farm

    Sep 2, 2008
    SW Missouri
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2009
  6. fowlmood

    fowlmood Songster

    Jan 28, 2009
    northern Michigan
    I don't know if there are different types of sumac, but here in Michigan we have sumac growing and this time of year there are a lot of birds eating the berries. (Not much else sticking up above the snow). I have also seen large flocks of bluebirds eating them in the fall. I've read that they are not poisonous to the birds, but not necessarily nutritious either. At least that's what I've read for feeding wild birds/songbirds. I would assume that chickens would fall into this same category.
  7. LadyKotaDoria

    LadyKotaDoria Songster

    Nov 12, 2012
    NW Phoenix, Arizona
    I just got a load of mulch (free) 3 cu yards. It is pecan and sumac, the plan is to put it in the isles of my garden. Gardens are good for chickens, but chickens are not good for the garden, therefore my girls are not to have access to it as a rule. As with children I am sure they will get in my garden and on occasion they will get treats. I am in Arizona, don't know what verity grows here. I know that there are a lot of plants that have toxic parts. Best example is the apple and rhubarb, the seeds in apples and the leaves in rhubarb. What of these trees?
  8. ChicwannaB

    ChicwannaB Songster

    May 22, 2011
    Munger, MICHIGAN
    when you talk about the "red sumac" I assume you are meaning Staghorn which grows wild all over my state of Michigan. I HAVE made Sumac lemonade from it. But I just bought a variety called Tiger Eyes, does anybody know if that is a NO NO for chickens??

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