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catapillar damage on boxus

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?

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,312

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

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

     

  • 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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