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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 1:02 am 
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A few years ago I bought a bare root Black Mulberry tree. Well, you know those fertile Rhode Island Red eggs that you bought which hatched and grew up to be black and white striped birds ???????? well, my Mulberry tree had cherries :huh?
Today I bought another one (with Mulberry type leaves) The label says

"the high nutrient content of the foliage makes it a great fodder tree ------------------Ideal for chook pens."

Tomorrow I will be replacing the dead Melia in the duck run. Wonder what mulberries do to yolk colour?
Grows to 12m high 15 m wide so probably not for suburban back yards (maybe I'll eventually need to expand the duck run :treegrow :treegreen


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 6:46 am 
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I have a olive tree where I plan to put the chook run. It is only about 80cm tall at the moment. Do you think it will be alright? Or should I move it.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 5:35 am 
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May be risky as olives are poisonous until you pick them , split them and then soak for a few days. Unsure if poisonous to birds or only people before treatment. Citrus is a better option, more shade for the chooks and citrUs love the chicken poo.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:25 am 
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I suspect that Olives are OK for chooks. They have gone feral in SA due to bird distribution. What ever you plant, it is essential to protect the roots from chook scratching.


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