This is from Chicken Keeping Secrets newsletter http://www.chickenkeepingsecrets.com I thought that I would post this for you all:
I'm glad you wrote and you are right to be concerned about the
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.
AUSTRALIAN UMBRELLA TREE
BEANS: (CASTOR, HORSE, FAVA, BROAD, GLORY, SCARLET RUNNER,
MESCAL, NAVY, PREGATORY)
BIRD OF PARADISE
BLEEDING HEART OR DUTCHMAN'S BREECHES
BULB FLOWERS: (AMARYLLIS, DAFFODIL, NARCISSUS, HYACINTH & IRIS)
CHALICE (TRUMPET VINE)
CHINA BERRY TREE
CLEMATIS (VIRGINIA BOWER)
COFFEE BEAN (RATTLEBUSH, RATTLE BOX & COFFEEWEED)
DATURA STRAMONIUM (ANGEL'S TRUMPET)
DIEFFENBACHIA (DUMB CANE)
ELEPHANT EAR (TARO)
EUCALYPTUS (DRIED, DYED OR TREATED IN FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS)
EUONYMUS (SPINDLE TREE)
FELT PLANT (MATERNITY, AIR & PANDA PLANTS)
GRASS: (JOHNSON, SORGHUM, SUDAN & BROOM CORN)
HEATHS: (KALMIA, LEUCOTHO, PEIRES, RHODODENDRON, MTN. LAUREL,
BLACK LAUREL, ANDROMEDA & AZALEA)
HEMLOCK: (POISON & WATER)
IRIS IVY: (ENGLISH & OTHERS)
KY. COFFEE TREE
LANTANA (RED SAGE)
LILY OF THE VALLEY
LOCOWEED (MILK VETCH)
LOCUSTS, BLACK / HONEY
LORDS & LADIES (CUCKOOPINT)
MILKWEED, COTTON BUSH
NIGHTSHADES: (DEADLY, BLACK, GARDEN, WOODY, BITTERSWEET,
EGGPLANT, JERUSALEM CHERRY)
PHILODENDRONS: (SPLIT LEAF, SWISS CHEESE, HEART-LEAF)
POISON OAK: (WESTERN & EASTERN)
RED SAGE (LANTANA)
ROSARY PEA SEEDS
SAND BOX TREE
SPURGES: (PENCIL TREE, SNOW-ON-MTN, CANDELABRA, CROWN OF THORNS)
STAR OF BETHLEHEM
SWISS CHEESE PLANT (MONSTERA)
WHITE CEDAR, CHINA BERRY
...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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