What tree's are good for chickens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by cluckmecoop7, Jun 12, 2019 at 5:27 PM.

  1. cluckmecoop7

    cluckmecoop7 Crowing

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    Hi all,

    I have a chicken run that is getting pretty old and boring for my chickens. I want to add tree branches, perches, stumps, etc. to make it fun for them. Right now, the young oak tree branches seem perfect, but I read that they are poisonous to chickens. Can somebody please tell me some chicken safe tree branches I can put in their run?? Or any other ideas to make it fun for them would be awesome, too!

    Thank you is advance!

    Cluckmecoop7
     
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  2. Eggscaping

    Eggscaping Enjoying Life!

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    You might read this article: http://www.mdvaden.com/bird_page.shtml
    If parrots and other birds can eat/chew on these types, I would imagine (I'm no expert though) that a chicken would be ok with it.
     
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    TooCheep In the Brooder

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  4. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

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    Maple, ash, apple, pear, almost anything really. I'd avoid black walnut, definitely Japanese yew, rhodedendrons and azalias. Oak branches are okay, but others might be better.
    Mary
     
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  5. cluckmecoop7

    cluckmecoop7 Crowing

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    Ok, thanks!

    But I thought oak and maple were bad.?.?
     
  6. cluckmecoop7

    cluckmecoop7 Crowing

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    Thank you so much!
     
  7. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

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    The problem with red maple has to do with horses eating wilted red maple leaves, toxic to them. Nothing to do with maple wood, or leaves otherwise.
    Mary
     
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  8. Tycine1

    Tycine1 Crowing

    Mine are perfectly happy with their mango tree, both for the sturdy, shade providing branches to perch on or rest under, but also for the seasonal fruit that they provide. Sadly, you don't live in the right climate for them. Can you think of other fruit bearing trees that would coexist with your flock that would enjoy your colder climate? Apples maybe?
     
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  9. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Crowing

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    Mine are probably pine or maybe fir? Chickens won't eat or chew on perches though like parrots would, so the link earlier isn't quite as applicable when it comes to chickens.

    I also have a weeping willow that provides shade for the run and the chickens enjoy eating the young leaves. In the fall the dried leaves and small branches get mixed in with my litter.
     
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