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CHOOKS AND AVOCADOS

I was surprised to see that avocados and citrus trees were not recommended for poultry runs (‘Keep your chooks in tiptop health’, Organic NZ Nov/Dec 2020). A few years ago I spent considerable time and effort to track back to the original research that this belief that avocados were poisonous to birds was based upon. The wild birds around here love my avocados on the ground, and completely clean them out at certain times of the year. This observation of wild birds feasting on avocados didn’t align with theory that they were toxic to birds.

Turns out that there was

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