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10/08/2012 at 21:11

my box shrubs and hedges are covered in green catapillars , my chickens think they are yummy , but one chicken is looking rather ill , will these pests do harm to my chickens?

11/08/2012 at 08:38

Caterpillars shouldn't do your hens any harm - some caterpillars may taste fowl  as a defence mechanism, but if the hens will eat them that's fine  - how's the poorly one today?

14/08/2012 at 09:08

looking a bit better ,but is box poisonous like yew?thank you


14/08/2012 at 09:35

Not sure that these caterpillars will harm your chicks, but to answers your query I googled this:

"Contains the alkaloid buxine which causes nausea vomiting & diarrhoea. The leaves are poisonous to humans but its unpleasant odour and bitter taste tends to minimise its ingestion. Farm stock especially cattle are said to have grazed box bushes if they get into gardens. Death may occur through respiratory failure."


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