is there a problem? i use a rotational paddock system and one paddock has a large wild cherry. I have read about toxicity but will the chickens eat enough of anything toxic to worry about it? What about black walnuts?
No, wild cherries are fine. If they eat them, the pit will pass harmlessly though. The cyanide containing compound is in the seed inside the pit. Even if they ate the pits, the LD50 of the cyanide compound is pretty high, its unlikely they would be able to eat enough to kill themselves.
Black walnuts aren't a problem, either, they will just ignore them once they sample and find out nothing edible there for them.
It's fun to watch them under the walnut tree!! One falls, they all run over and surround it, talking, touching it with their beaks, then they walk away and go about their business,
THEN, another one falls, they all run over and surround it, talking, touching, then walking away and going about their business,
THEN, another one falls........
Hehehehhe I watched my flock do this for much longer than I wish to admit, it was very entertaining to watch the "sky falling". Who ever wrote the Henny Penny story definitely spent a lot of time watching their chicken flock!!
Always put your eggs in one basket.........why would you carry two?
John, while I try very hard to keep the 'end' out of sight and out of mind for my birds, I am sure that a few of them are smart enough to know what it means when I'm wearing a yellow rain coat and it is not raining.
The yellow raincoat is probably the source of many a chicken nightmare.