October 11, 2008 at 10:33 pm #245507worowaMember
I’m in the ACT, hoping to get some chooks at my community garden space.
I want to surround their enclosure with edible/medicinal shade plants. I imagine there are several acacias that chooks could eat, but was hoping for some advice from others with experience.
Lillipilli’s, native raspberries, kangaroo apples, tea tree…?
ThanksOctober 13, 2008 at 5:33 am #373386scarecrowMember
Alana Moore’s Backyard Poultry – Naturally lists the following Bush Food plants for chooks:
native figs, crab apple and mulberry
Kangaroo Apple Solanum aviculare (can have a hormonal effect on the birds)
appleberries and the molucca bramble
She doesn’t give all the latin names…
I grow some salt bushes in my chook runs and find the chooks only eat the berries off the Rhagodia parabolica (Fragrant Saltbush) but strip the leaves (and berries) off the Enchylaena tomentosa (Ruby Saltbush).
I’ve grown the Kangaroo Apples but the chooks didn’t go crazy over them (local birds do though!) :tup:
On the subject of acacias I found an interesting list of Acacia’s for seed (for chooks) in this newsletter…October 13, 2008 at 9:44 pm #373387worowaMember
Thanks Scarecrow-that’s a great wattle link.
Don’t think mullberries are native-but I know chooks love them.
Did you grow saltbush from seed?October 13, 2008 at 10:50 pm #373388scarecrowMember
Don’t think mullberries are native
No I didn’t either but it was in Alanna’s list in the book so I Googled it and found that what they call a native mulberry is Pipturus argenteus this link indicates it’s a sub-tropical rainforest tree so we probably can’t plant it down south anyway!
And while I was there I looked up the native crab apple and this link indicates it’s another name for Muntries Kunzea pomifera that I’m slowly trying to get going this year (at least the seed has germinated). So at least I know the chooks can eat that too…there isn’t a lot of info around re native plants and chooks.
Yes the salt bushes grow from seed (fruits) PM me an address if you’d like some from over here. I think I should have some left on the bushes… 😉October 14, 2008 at 1:25 am #373389Kookaburra DreamingMember
My chooks eat Acacia longifolia and A. fimbriata seeds when they are available. We have planted both in the back of their chookyard, along with a Mulberry. They used to eat lillypilly (Acmena smithii) fruits when we were in Cooranb*ng.
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