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Comprehensive list of poisonous plants and trees

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This is from Chicken Keeping Secrets newsletter​ http://www.chickenkeepingsecrets.com I thought that I would post this for you all:

 

Hi Graham,

 

I'm glad you wrote and you are right to be concerned about the

oak tree.

 

You would absolutely need to make sure your chickens do not eat

any dropped acorns.

 

Oak leaves as well as acorns can be toxic to chickens and as

chickens are very curious eaters, you can't assume that they will

know to keep away from them.

 

Chickens will eat most anything!

 

This would include screws, Styrofoam, most anything so everyone

LISTEN - make sure your chickens have an area that is completely

free from anything they should not ingest.

 

When it comes to plants though, I know that personally I tend to

not be quite as vigilant.

 

Especially if it is a plant that I've planted in my garden.

 

For this reason, I think it would be a good idea to re-post a

list of plants that are toxic to poultry. We posted this list

quite some time ago but because we have so many new readers each

week and because we could all use a reminder, check out this list

for the safety of your flock.

 

ARUM LILY

AMARYLLIS

ARALIA

ARROWHEAD VINE

AUTUMN CROCUS

AUSTRALIAN FLAMETREE

AUSTRALIAN UMBRELLA TREE

AVOCADO

AZALEA

BANEBERRY

BEANS: (CASTOR, HORSE, FAVA, BROAD, GLORY, SCARLET RUNNER,

MESCAL, NAVY, PREGATORY)

BIRD OF PARADISE

BISHOP'S WEED

BLACK LAUREL

BLACK LOCUST

BLEEDING HEART OR DUTCHMAN'S BREECHES

BLOODROOT

BLUEBONNET

BLUEGREEN ALGAE

BOXWOOD

BRACKEN FERN

BUCKTHORN

BULB FLOWERS: (AMARYLLIS, DAFFODIL, NARCISSUS, HYACINTH & IRIS)

BURDOCK

BUTTERCUP

CACAO

CAMEL BUSH

CASTOR BEAN

CALADIUM

CANA LILY

CARDINAL FLOWER

CHALICE (TRUMPET VINE)

CHERRY TREE

CHINA BERRY TREE

CHRISTMAS CANDLE

CLEMATIS (VIRGINIA BOWER)

CLIVIA

COCKLEBUR

COFFEE (SENNA)

COFFEE BEAN (RATTLEBUSH, RATTLE BOX & COFFEEWEED)

CORAL PLANT

CORIANDER

CORNCOCKLE

COYOTILLO

COWSLIP

CUTLEAF PHILODENDRON

DAFFODIL

DAPHNE

DATURA STRAMONIUM (ANGEL'S TRUMPET)

DEATH CAMUS

DELPHINIUM

DEVIL'S IVY

DIEFFENBACHIA (DUMB CANE)

ELDERBERRY

ELEPHANT EAR (TARO)

ENGLISH IVY

ERGOT

EUCALYPTUS (DRIED, DYED OR TREATED IN FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS)

EUONYMUS (SPINDLE TREE)

EUPHORBIA CACTUS

FALSE HELLEBORE

FLAME TREE

FELT PLANT (MATERNITY, AIR & PANDA PLANTS)

FIG (WEEPING)

FIRE THORN

FLAMINGO FLOWER

FOUR O'CLOCK

FOXGLOVE

GLOTTIDIUM

GOLDEN CHAIN

GRASS: (JOHNSON, SORGHUM, SUDAN & BROOM CORN)

GROUND CHERRY

HEATHS: (KALMIA, LEUCOTHO, PEIRES, RHODODENDRON, MTN. LAUREL,

BLACK LAUREL, ANDROMEDA & AZALEA)

HELIOTROPE

HEMLOCK: (POISON & WATER)

HENBANE

HOLLY

HONEYSUCKLE

HORSE CHESTNUT

HORSE TAIL

HOYA

HYACINTH

HYDRANGEA

IRIS IVY: (ENGLISH & OTHERS)

JACK-IN-THE-PULPIT

JASMINE (JESSAMINE)

JERUSALEM CHERRY

JIMSONWEED

JUNIPER

KY. COFFEE TREE

LANTANA (RED SAGE)

LARKSPUR

LILY OF THE VALLEY

LILY, ARUM

LOBELIA

LOCOWEED (MILK VETCH)

LOCUSTS, BLACK / HONEY

LORDS & LADIES (CUCKOOPINT)

LUPINE

MALANGA

MARIJUANA (HEMP)

MAYAPPLE (MANDRAKE)

MEXICAN BREADFRUIT

MEXICAN POPPY

MILKWEED, COTTON BUSH

MISTLETOE

MOCK ORANGE

MONKSHOOD

MOONSEED

MORNING GLORY

MTN. LAUREL

MUSHROOMS, AMANITA

MYRTLE

NARCISSUS

NETTLES

NIGHTSHADES: (DEADLY, BLACK, GARDEN, WOODY, BITTERSWEET,

EGGPLANT, JERUSALEM CHERRY)

OAK

OLEANDER

OXALIS

PARSLEY

PEACE LILY

PERIWINKLE

PHILODENDRONS: (SPLIT LEAF, SWISS CHEESE, HEART-LEAF)

PIGWEED

POINCIANA

POINSETTIA

POISON IVY

POISON HEMLOCK

POISON OAK: (WESTERN & EASTERN)

POKEWEED

POTATO SHOOTS

POTHOS

PRIVET

PYRACANTHA

RAIN TREE

RANUNCULUS, BUTTERCUP

RAPE

RATTLEBOX, CROTALARIA

RED MAPLE

RED SAGE (LANTANA)

RHUBARB LEAVES

RHODODENDRONS

ROSARY PEA SEEDS

SAND BOX TREE

SKUNK CABBAGE

SORREL (DOCK)

SNOW DROP

SPURGES: (PENCIL TREE, SNOW-ON-MTN, CANDELABRA, CROWN OF THORNS)

STAR OF BETHLEHEM

SWEET PEA

SWISS CHEESE PLANT (MONSTERA)

TANSY RAGWORT

TOBACCO

UMBRELLA PLANT

VETCH: HAIRY/COMMON

VIRGINIA CREEPER

WATTLE

WEEPING FIG

WHITE CEDAR, CHINA BERRY

WISTERIA

YEWS

YELLOW JASMINE

 

...I hope you're still here and read through the list.

 

I know that as I typed it, I was reminded of many very common

plants that I had forgotten were unsafe for my flock.

 

Again for Graham, I applaud you for being concerned about the

safety of your flock and hope you can come up with a workable

solution for your chickens.

 

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post #2 of 78

WOW! Great list! And to think I was going to plant a China Berry tree in my yard.... well, not anymore! 

post #3 of 78

i've got quite a few of those in my yard... azaleas, rhody's and a few others.......... haven't lost a chicken yet.....except to coons...... i'm not feeding them trimmings from them tho......

post #4 of 78

Yew, monkshood, oleander, pokeweed certainly, but Buckthorn?  Elderberry? Which part of the plant?  Certainly not the berries. Sorrel? Coriander (aka Cilantro)?

 

Before everyone strips their yards of all plant life, please realize that, in reality, there are very few cases of chicken death by poisonous plant.

A free-ranging chicken that is well-fed will avoid the majority of these plants, and some of these plants will not cause death with one bite.  Some would require on-going, or massive ingestion in order to be fatally toxic.  Certainly, confined chickens should never be offered or have access to poisonous plants, but most chickens who have an adequate base diet can co-exist with a number of the above plants.

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post #5 of 78

wow that list of plants/trees is rather long. As far as the acorns go, I remember reading awhile back, probably in the fall when all the acorns were falling, that people do let their chickens eat the acorns.

Lorain
Right here,Right now, I'm exactly where I'm suppose to be....... Welcome To Wherever You Are........
My gang-2 German Shepherds-1 B&G Macaw, 5 chickens, 2 rabbits, box turtles, 3 ducks, fish!

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Lorain
Right here,Right now, I'm exactly where I'm suppose to be....... Welcome To Wherever You Are........
My gang-2 German Shepherds-1 B&G Macaw, 5 chickens, 2 rabbits, box turtles, 3 ducks, fish!

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post #6 of 78

For the record, my chickens have been eating the leaves off my ornamental fig (Ficus benjamina) since they were babies.  No harm done.  Not sure if this is the "weeping fig" mentioned, or if it's the fig-producing tree.  A friends chickens LOVE the figs, but as far as I know, have never eaten the leaves.

 

I have a ton of maple and ash seeds in the yard.  Wondering if it's okay to feed them to confined chickens...

 

post #7 of 78
Poison oak and poison ivy?? Do I need to kill it on in the field?? It's in the field I plan on letting them free range. Honeysuckle has taking over some of the horse fencing. Polk we have I pick it young when I find it and fry it up for supper. And sitting here I realize we have a youngish acorn tree back there also.
Will they avoid the bad stuff or do I really need to kill it all off?
post #8 of 78

Hi, New to chickens...love. Curious about whether lichen that grows on my tree could be harmful to the Girls. Any help will be appreciated.

 

Thanks,  Ann

post #9 of 78

I agree with Gardenstate38.  Elderberry was one from the list that jumped out at me.  Mine eat tons of elderberries when in season.  I cut whole branches from the bushes that grow wild up the road, and dump them into the chicken yard.  The gobble up the berries and no one gets sick.  It's possible that if they ate the leaves and stems, they would get sick, but they simply don't eat them.  My chickens also have access to rhubarb, parsley, coriander, daffodil, honeysuckle, and some of the other plants on that list.  But they choose not to eat them.  They always have access to a balanced chicken feed, and they have many different plants to choose from in their yard.  They eat what they like - the ones that don't make them sick.  There is no reason to purge your yard of these plants. 

post #10 of 78

Innanna, I routinely put logs with mosses and lichens on them, into the brooder box with baby chicks.  They jump on and off the logs and peck at.the lichens and mosses, but they don't eat much of it, and none have ever gotten sick.  They do, however, like to eat the insects that hide under the mosses and lichens.

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