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PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 05 6:12 pm    Post subject: Plum trees in chicken pen  Reply with quote    

Hi

I'm just about to build a new chicken run but the area i want to use will have a couple of plum and damson trees inside.
Does anyone know if its safe for the birds to eat any fallen fruit ??

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 05 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yes, ours scoff Victoria plums on the ground and up to 2-3ft above the ground when they can reach them until they have had enough, and then just take one peck out of each plum to annoy you!

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 05 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The can eat apples and soft fruits but I don't know if they would eat the stones in the damsons. I'm sure someone would be able to advise as I bet the hens will try.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 05 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

When ours get hold of stone fruit they tend to pick off the flesh and leave the stones. I think your chooks would thank you very much for building their run by the fruit trees!

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