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What's a Honey Locust seed pod supposed to look like?

 
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Mine are dark brown, hard, and sound like a baby's rattle when shaken. My hot summers bake the pods to a lifeless, crispy cracker. Is this normal everywhere or just in the deep south? I got excited after reading Tree Crops about their forage potential but my pigs won't hardly touch them
 
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That's what they are like here in Oklshoma ... This time of year. They are green on the trees for several weeks, but gradually turn dry and black before they fall. I always assumed they were fodder when green ... And need to be harvested somehow?
 
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David Dodge wrote:I got excited after reading Tree Crops about their forage potential but my pigs won't hardly touch them



Did you try to feed them to the pigs when they were fresh?
 
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There must be a sweet spot between green with underdeveloped seeds and black with hard seeds. I tried feeding them green and velvety but the seeds were still small and, as I understand it, the sugar comes from the pulp surrounding the seeds. I know cattle will eat dried Mesquite beans so I assumed pigs would eat the dried locust beans...nope
 
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