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Conkers

Post by seekee » Sun Jul 31, 2011 11:56 am

A few days ago I picked up two conkers - one in the casing, and the other not, with the intention of offering them to my girls for interest/enrichment. The one with a casing has no prickles, and the other one is very small.

Knowing my luck, they wouldn't be interested anyway, but I thought I'd make sure that one or both weren't harmful. (I almost put this in a different section, but I guess the main worry is if they're bad for them to digest, hence 'Feeding'.) Thanks!
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Re: Conkers

Post by Ratty_Rhian » Sun Jul 31, 2011 11:59 am

Conkers are poisonous. I'd not risk giving them to ratties. Try walnuts with shells on instead. Mine have hours of (noisy) fun with those.
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Re: Conkers

Post by acapae_wolf » Sun Jul 31, 2011 12:00 pm

They're poisonous! In future if you're unsure I'd check before you give them anything.

eta - Rhian beat me too :lol:
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Re: Conkers

Post by Jimi+Milo » Sun Jul 31, 2011 12:00 pm

I looked into this myself a while back and from what I found they are toxic. I seem to remember reading that theres something in them actually used for rat poison :o , though I dont know in what quantities. So I wouldnt risk it :wink:

ETA : Ratty_Rhian beat me to it :lol: and Beri :P
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Re: Conkers

Post by Jemma » Sun Jul 31, 2011 12:40 pm

For none poisenous alternatives beech nuts (or masts as beri will shout at me), acorns, and sweet chestnuts are normally easy to find.
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Re: Conkers

Post by seekee » Sun Jul 31, 2011 6:42 pm

I haven't given the conkers to them yet, and now I definitely won't, haha :) Was checking here first! Thanks for the alternative suggestions too!
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Re: Conkers

Post by acapae_wolf » Sun Jul 31, 2011 6:50 pm

Ahha, I read it wrong. Sorry! It's a good time of year to go out collecting nuts though :)

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