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Can chickens eat Avacado?

post #1 of 9
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I bought one of the big FL grown avacados last night to make gucamole with and it is to sweet to eat so is it safe to feed to my chickens?

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post #2 of 9

NO-Absolutely NOT--they are poison to chickens do not feed it to them....  barnie

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post #3 of 9

I've read some posts here saying people give them to their chickens but I personally wouldn't chance it.

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post #4 of 9

Chickens can tolerate a certain amount of poisen/bad food and still survive just as humans can so be weary of anyone insisting that certain foods are safe.  Avacado is one of the dangerous foods for chickens.  Do not feed it to them.

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I will compost it! Thanks I love this site!

Proud stay at home mama of 2 boys, 2 Labs, and 9 Chickens.

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Proud stay at home mama of 2 boys, 2 Labs, and 9 Chickens.

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post #6 of 9

Nope no avocados, toxic to chickens.

Don't over-think your chickens, you'll create a problem that wasn't even there in the first place...

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Don't over-think your chickens, you'll create a problem that wasn't even there in the first place...

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post #7 of 9

This useful link says avoid the skin and pit - neither of which my chickens eat:  

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/chicken-treat-chart-the-best-treats-for-backyard-chickens

post #8 of 9

On the other hand, I found this which seems to cite a good source:

 

 

 

 

According to the Merck Veterinary Manual, feeding avocados to your pets or any other animal should be avoided at all costs. Animals such as cattle, horses, goats, rabbits, birds, dogs, cats, and even fish can be severely harmed or even killed if they consume the leaves, bark or fruit of the avocado tree.

Levels of toxicity vary between the two types of avocados (Mexican and Guatemalan) that grow in California.  Toxicity also tends to vary depending upon the time of year though this and various other factors relating to toxicity are not easily understood by experts.  Periodically, cases of avocado poisoning are seen in animals living in Los Angeles County.

Avocados contain a toxic fatty acid derivative known as persin and many animal organizations recommend total avoidance of all parts of the plant. The symptoms include gastrointestinal irritation, vomiting, diarrhea, respiratory distress, congestion, fluid accumulation around the tissues of the heart and even death. Cattle, goats, horses, mice, rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, sheep, budgerigars, canaries, cockatiels, ostriches, chickens, turkeys, and fish are susceptible. Caged birds appear more sensitive to the effects of avocado, while chickens and turkeys appear more resistant.  Additionalyy, dried avocado seed can kill mice.

The primary negative effects in humans seem to be limited to those individuals who have an actual allergy to avocados themselves.

Sources: Merck Veterinary Manual

post #9 of 9

No they cannot I think there is toxtic in them...

We live in a grassy area surrounded by trees and bushes and weeds, and we started owning chickens almost an year ago. We have 4 lovely hens which names are Cooper, Booker, Tiny and Naughty. These chickens names are based on thier personality. They may be just chickens out a billion, but to me they are the most special creatures in the whole world.

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We live in a grassy area surrounded by trees and bushes and weeds, and we started owning chickens almost an year ago. We have 4 lovely hens which names are Cooper, Booker, Tiny and Naughty. These chickens names are based on thier personality. They may be just chickens out a billion, but to me they are the most special creatures in the whole world.

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