A disturbing list of unsafe foods/plants

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by LorraineM, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. LorraineM

    LorraineM Out Of The Brooder

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    I've just found a huge list of unsafe foods and plants on another site.
    Hope it was ok to put here. As this is scary [​IMG]

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    The below is not a complete list. It is recommended that you consult with a vet, if in doubt.

    Please note that the items marked with an* are especially toxic to birds and can be fatal. Toxic foods are foods that can cause allergies and/or health problems in birds. Anything high in sugar or salt is inappropriate, as are fatty foods. More serious are things such as chocolate, which is toxic to many pets. Caffeinated or alcoholic beverages are also dangerous. I provided additional information as was available.

    Acorns

    Agave, Maguey, Bayonet, Agavaceae Toxic Principle: Sap from the leaves, Seeds, Calcium oxalate raphides, Acrid volatile oils, Mechanically injurious Clinical Signs: Oral mucosa irritation, Contact urticaria, Skin: Immediate burning, erythema, urticaria, and edema, Granuloma reaction from punctures by leaves

    Alcohol

    Almond Plants / Seeds / plant-pan allergen profilin can cause serious reaction in some birds: Generally all plants of the Prunus genus EXCEPT the pulp of the fruit contain amygdalin or related glycosides which are slowly hydrolyzed to hydrocyanic acid. Some allergic reactions to almond nuts have been observed.

    Alocasia

    Amaryllis: Clinical Signs: Can cause vomiting, diarrhea, depression, appetite loss, tremors, drooling and abdominal pain

    Angel's Trumpet (some species), seeds, leaves

    Apple Seeds (small quantities ok)

    *Apricot (seeds, wood)

    Arrowgrass

    *Autumn Crocus

    Asparagus Fern - Sprengeri Fern, Lace Fern - Toxic Principle: Non-toxic, Berries, Sapogenins, Foliage Clinical Signs: Dermatitis, Irritant, Cardiac, sedative, and diuretic effects

    Autumn Crocus/Meadow - Saffron

    *Avocado (any part of the plant -- including flesh, leaves, seeds, stem, skin)

    Azaleas: Can cause weakness, upset stomach, drooling, heart failure, depression and possible coma

    Baneberry
    Bayonet


    Beans: Broad, Castor, Glory, Fava, Horse, Mescal, Navy, Pregator, Scarlet Runner) - Large Beans: such as Anasazi, Black, Fava, Kidney, Lima, Navy, Pinto, and Soy - should never be fed raw. However, thoroughly cooked are safe and healthy.

    Beargrass

    *Begonia

    Bird of Paradise

    Bitter Almonds*

    Bittersweet
    Black-eyed Susan
    Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)

    *Bleeding Heart

    Bluebonnet
    Bloodrot
    Box
    Boxwood
    Bracken fern
    Buckeye
    Buckthorn
    Burning Bush
    Buttercup (Ranunculus)

    Caffeine

    *Caladium
    *Calla Lily

    Canada Yew
    Candelabra
    Cactus

    *Castor Beans: Common Name: Castor Bean, Castor, Castor Oil Plant, palma Christi, Wonder Tree, Higuerilla, Steadfast Toxic Principle: Leaves, Seeds, Ricin, Ricinin Clinical Signs: Decrease blood pressure, Hypothermia, Decrease in blood glucose, Increase in serum hepatic enzymes: AST, ALT, LDH, Increase in BUN, calcium, phosphorous, Upset Stomach, Vomitting, Abdominal Pain, Nausea, Diarrhea, Anorexia, Trembling, Weakness, Sudden Collapse, Seizures, Exercise intolerance, Ataxia, Slight Depression, Copious thick, ropy salivation, Thirsty

    Catnip Common Name: Catmint, Catnip Toxic Principle: Volatile oil Clinical Signs: Odd behavior, Drowsiness, Disorientation

    Ceriman
    Cherry (seeds, wood)
    Chinaberry

    *Chinese Sacred or Heavenly Bamboo

    Chocolate

    *Choke Cherry (unripe berries)

    Christmas Rose

    Chrysanthemum: Results in vomiting, diarrhea, depression, drooling and appetite loss. Causes allergies in humans as it is a ragweed relative.

    Clematis
    Coriander
    Coriaria
    Cornflower
    Corydalis
    Crocus bulb
    Croton (Codiaeum sp.)

    Crown of Thorns aka Christ Plant, Christ Thorn, Crown of Thorns Toxic Principle: Miliamines, Terpenes, Diterpenes, Alkaloidal esters of diterpenoid ingenol, Stems: the juice, leaves, and thorns Clinical Signs: Eye irritation, Vomiting, Skin irritation, Diarrhea, Irritation to gastrointestinal tract

    Curry Powder
    Cyclamen bulb

    Daffodil / Bulbs: Clinical Signs: Can cause severe gastrointestinal illness, convulsions, seizures, low blood pressure and tremors.

    Daphne
    Datura
    Deadly Nightshade
    Death Camas

    *Delphinium, larkspur, monkshood

    Dicentrea
    Dieffenbachia

    Dumb Cane aka Dumb Plant, Dumb Cane, Mother-in-law’s Tongue Plant Toxic Principle: Histamine poisoning, All parts: leaves, stems, sap, Proteolytic enzymes, Calcium oxalate crystals, Other toxins Clinical Signs: Swelling of throat, Impairment of speech, Excessive salivation, Pain and swelling of mouth, Skin rashes

    Easter Lily

    Eggplant: The leaves of the plant on which the eggplant fruit grows are poisonous, but the fruit itself is said to be safe. Some sources caution of overly ripe or under-ripe eggplant fruit.

    Elderberry (unripe berries)
    Elephant Ear

    English Ivy

    Fava Beans
    Fig (Ficus)
    Euonymus
    Evergreen Ferns
    Ficus

    Fiddle-leaf Philodendron aka Tree Philodendron, Cut-leaf Philodenron Toxic Principle: Nephrotoxic, Entire Plant, Leaves, Oxalates, Calcium oxalate Clinical Signs: Dermatitis, Excessive salivation, Red and swollen oral cavity, Pain, swelling, irritation to throat, Irritation and burning of mouth, lips, and tongue
    Holly: Commonly found during the Christmas season, can cause intense vomiting, diarrhea and depression.

    Flax ?? (Controversial - This may be the case in large quantities - consult with your vet)

    Four-o'clocks (Mirabilis)
    Foxglove (Digitalis)

    *Garlic (safe for birds in SMALL amounts)

    Golden Glow
    Gopher Purge
    Hellebore
    Hemlock
    Henbane
    Honeysuckle
    Horsebeans
    Horsebrush
    Horse Chestnut
    Hyacinth bulbs

    *Hydrangea

    Iris corms
    Iris Ivy

    *Jack-in-the-pulpit

    Japanese Yew
    Java Beans
    Jessamine
    Jerusalem Cherry

    *Jimson weed

    Jonquil
    Jungle Trumpets

    Kalanchoe aka Florist’s Kalanchoe, Kalanchoe, Palm Beach Belle Toxic Principle: Isoprene alkaloids, Cardiac glycosides, Cardiac bufadienolides, Bryotoxins, Non-toxic maybe - Clinical Signs: Labored respiration, Cardio-toxic effects, Excessive salivation, Digestive disturbance, Loss of interest in food and water

    *Lantana

    Larkspur
    Laurel
    Lily
    Lily-of-the-Valley
    Lily Spider
    Lobelia (some species), all parts
    Locoweed
    Lupine species
    Malanga
    Marigold

    *Marijuana or hemp (Cannibus)
    *Milkweed

    *Mistletoe Berries: A Christmas plant, ingestion can cause significant vomiting and diarrhea, difficulty breathing, collapse, erratic behavior, hallucinations and death.

    Mock Orange
    Monkshood

    *Morning Glory

    Mountain Laurel
    Mushrooms
    Narcissus, daffodil
    Nettles
    Nectarine (seeds, wood)
    Nightshade

    *Oak

    Oleander aka Rosa Laurel Toxic Principle: Seeds, Vase water, Whole plant, Smoke from burning, Cardioactive glycosides Clinical Signs: may cause diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, slowing of heart-rate, abdormal heart beat patterns, heart failure and possible death.

    *Onions (toxic to birds, small amount ok)

    Peace Lilly

    *Peach (seeds, wood)
    *Pencil cactus plant

    Peony
    Periwinkle
    Peyote Cactus

    Philodendron aka Sweetheart Plant, Heart-leaf Philodendron, Parlor Ivy Toxic Principle: Nephrotoxic, Entire Plant, Leaves, Oxalates, Calcium oxalate Clinical Signs: Dermatitis, Excessive salivation, Red and swollen oral cavity, Pain, swelling, irritation to throat, Irritation and burning of mouth, lips, and tongue

    Pimpernel
    Plum (seeds, wood)
    Poinciana

    Poinsettia: Clinical Signs: Can cause irritation to the mouth and stomach and sometimes vomiting

    Poison Ivy
    Poison Oak
    Pokeweed
    Poppy
    Potato (green seed balls, green tubers; plant, leaves and stem)
    Precatory beans
    Privet
    Rhododendron

    *Rhubarb: Rhubarb leaves are poisonous but the edible rhubarb stalks are safe.

    *Rosary Pea

    Rubber Plant

    Schefflera aka Umbrella Tree, Starleaf, Australian Umbrella Tree Toxic Principle: Entire Plant, Saponins, Falcarinol, Calcium oxalate, Oxalic acid Clinical Signs: Dermatitis, Vomiting, Leukopenia, Loss of coordination, Irritation of mouth, lips, and tongue

    Scotch Broom

    *Shamrock (Oxalis sp.)

    Skunk Cabbage
    Snowdrops
    Snow-on-the-Mountain
    Spindle Tree, Euonymus (some species), leaves, fruit, bark
    Spreading English Yew
    Spurge (Euphorbia sp.)
    Staggerweed
    Starleaf
    Star of Bethlehem

    Sweet Pea - Lathyrus latifolius - L.: Although no records of toxicity have been found for this plant, the seed of some species in this genus contain a toxic amino acid that can cause a severe disease of the nervous system known as 'lathyrism' if they are eaten in large amounts (although small quantities are said to be nutritious)[65, 76]. Great caution is advised.http://www.pfaf.org

    Tansy Mustard
    Tobacco
    Tomatoes (leaves and stem)
    Tuffroot

    Tulip: Clinical Symptoms: Can cause intense vomiting, depression, diarrhea, drooling and appetite loss.

    Virginia Creeper
    Walnut hulls
    Water Arum

    Weeping Fig

    Wild Call Wisteria
    Wild Calla
    Wisteria
    Yellow Calla

    *Yew

    Yucca aka Spineless Yucca, Soapweed, Spanish Bayonet Toxic Principle: Spines, Furostanols, Leaves, Saponins [steroidal], Spirostanols – sarsasapogenin Clinical Signs: Vomiting, Bloat, Diarrhea, Nausea, Mechanical damage

    Zamioculcas - an indoor plant. All parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested.
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    Unsafe Plants / Fruits & Trees

    Below is a list of indoor and outdoor plants and trees which are hazardous to birds. It has been gathered from various sources and is not complete.

    Below is a listing of unsafe plants, fruits and trees.

    Agave, Maguey, Bayonet, Agavaceae Toxic Principle: Sap from the leaves, Seeds, Calcium oxalate raphides, Acrid volatile oils, Mechanically injurious Clinical Signs: Oral mucosa irritation, Contact urticaria, Skin: Immediate burning, erythema, urticaria, and edema, Granuloma reaction from punctures by leaves

    Alacia

    Amaryllis: Clinical Signs: Can cause vomiting, diarrhea, depression, appetite loss, tremors, drooling and abdominal pain

    American Yew
    Apricot

    Asparagus Fern - Sprengeri Fern, Lace Fern - Toxic Principle: Non-toxic, Berries, Sapogenins, Foliage Clinical Signs: Dermatitis, Irritant, Cardiac, sedative, and diuretic effects

    Autumn Crocus/Meadow - Saffron
    Avocado

    Azaleas: Can cause weakness, upset stomach, drooling, heart failure, depression and possible coma

    Balsam Pear - seeds, outer rind of fruit
    Baneberry - berries, root
    Beans - all types if uncooked
    Birch
    Bird of Paradise - seeds
    Bittersweet Nightshade
    Black Locust - bark, sprouts, foliage
    Bloodroot
    Blue-green Algae - some forms toxic
    Boxwood - leaves, stems
    Bracken Fern
    Broomcorn Grass
    Buckthorn - fruit, bark
    Buttercup - sap, bulbs
    Caladium - leaves
    Calla Lily - leaves
    Candelabra Tree
    Cardinal Flower -
    *Castor Beans: Common Name: Castor Bean, Castor, Castor Oil Plant, palma Christi, Wonder Tree, Higuerilla, Steadfast Toxic Principle: Leaves, Seeds, Ricin, Ricinin Clinical Signs: Decrease blood pressure, Hypothermia, Decrease in blood glucose, Increase in serum hepatic enzymes: AST, ALT, LDH, Increase in BUN, calcium, phosphorous, Upset Stomach, Vomitting, Abdominal Pain, Nausea, Diarrhea, Anorexia, Trembling, Weakness, Sudden Collapse, Seizures, Exercise intolerance, Ataxia, Slight Depression, Copious thick, ropy salivation, Thirsty

    Catnip Common Name: Catmint, Catnip Toxic Principle: Volatile oil Clinical Signs: Odd behavior, Drowsiness, Disorientation

    Chalice Vine/Trumpet vine
    Cherry Tree - bark, twigs, leaves, pits
    Chinaberry Tree
    Christmas Candle - sap
    Clematis/Virginia Bower
    Coral Plant - seeds
    Coriander
    Cowslip/Marsh Marigold

    Crown of Thorns aka Christ Plant, Christ Thorn, Crown of Thorns Toxic Principle: Miliamines, Terpenes, Diterpenes, Alkaloidal esters of diterpenoid ingenol, Stems: the juice, leaves, and thorns Clinical Signs: Eye irritation, Vomiting, Skin irritation, Diarrhea, Irritation to gastrointestinal tract

    Croton
    Curry Powder

    Daffodil / Bulbs: Clinical Signs: Can cause severe gastrointestinal illness, convulsions, seizures, low blood pressure and tremors.

    Daphne - berries
    Datura - berries
    Deadly Amanita
    Death Camas
    Delphinium

    Dumb Cane aka Dumb Plant, Dumb Cane, Mother-in-law’s Tongue Plant Toxic Principle: Histamine poisoning, All parts: leaves, stems, sap, Proteolytic enzymes, Calcium oxalate crystals, Other toxins Clinical Signs: Swelling of throat, Impairment of speech, Excessive salivation, Pain and swelling of mouth, Skin rashes

    Eggplant - fruit okay / leaves toxic

    Elderberry
    Elephants Ear/Taro - leaves, stem
    English Ivy berries, leaves
    English Yew
    Euonymus/Spindle Tree
    False Hellebore
    False Henbane
    Ficus (weeping)

    Fiddle-leaf Philodendron aka Tree Philodendron, Cut-leaf Philodenron Toxic Principle: Nephrotoxic, Entire Plant, Leaves, Oxalates, Calcium oxalate Clinical Signs: Dermatitis, Excessive salivation, Red and swollen oral cavity, Pain, swelling, irritation to throat, Irritation and burning of mouth, lips, and tongue

    Firethorn/Pyracantha
    Fly Agaric Mushroom
    Deadly Amanita
    Four O'Clock
    Foxglove - leaves, seeds
    Golden Chain/Laburnum
    Glory Bean
    Ground Cherry
    Hemlock - including the water the plant is in
    Henbane - seeds

    Holly: Commonly found during the Christmas season, can cause intense vomiting, diarrhea and depression.

    Honey Locust
    Honeysuckle
    Horse Chestnut/Buckeye - nuts, twigs
    Horsetail
    Hyacinth - bulbs
    Hydrangea - flower bud
    Indian Licorice Bean
    Indian Turnip/Jack-in-Pulpit
    Iris/Blue Flag - bulbs
    Ivy
    Jack-in-the-Pulpit

    Jade Plant, Jade Tree, Dollar Plant, leaves are toxic. Clinical Signs: Digestive upset, Nausea

    Japanese Yew - needles, seeds
    Jasmine
    Java Bean - lima bean - uncooked
    Jimsonweed/Thornapple
    Jerusalem Cherry - berries
    Johnson Grass
    Juniper - needles, stems, berries

    Kalanchoe aka Florist’s Kalanchoe, Kalanchoe, Palm Beach Belle Toxic Principle: Isoprene alkaloids, Cardiac glycosides, Cardiac bufadienolides, Bryotoxins, Non-toxic maybe Clinical Signs: Labored respiration, Cardio-toxic effects, Excessive salivation, Digestive disturbance, Loss of interest in food and water

    Kentucky Coffee Tree
    Lantana - immature berries
    Larkspur
    Laurel
    Lily of the Valley - also water the plant is in
    Lobelia
    Locoweed
    Lords and
    Ladies/Cuckoopint
    Lupines/Bluebonnet
    Mandrake
    Mango Tree - wood, leaves, rind - fruit safe
    Marijuana/Hemp - leaves
    Mayapple - fruit is safe
    Mescal Beans - seeds

    *Mistletoe Berries: A Christmas plant, ingestion can cause significant vomiting and diarrhea, difficulty breathing, collapse, erratic behavior, hallucinations and death.

    Mock Orange - fruit
    Monkshood/Aconite - leaves, root
    Moonseed
    Morning Glory
    Mountain Laurel
    Mushrooms - several varieties
    Narcissus - bulbs
    Nectarine
    Nettles
    Nightshade - all varieties
    Nutmeg, nectar
    Oak - acorns, foliage

    Oleander aka Rosa Laurel Toxic Principle: Seeds, Vase water, Whole plant, Smoke from burning, Cardioactive glycosides Clinical Signs: may cause diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, slowing of heart-rate, abdormal heart beat patterns, heart failure and possible death.

    Parsnip root contains three photoactive, mutagenic, and photocarcinogenic psoralens in a total concentration of about 40 parts per million. These chemicals are not destroyed by normal cooking procedures. Data about the toxicologic consequences of such exposure are not available.

    Peach

    Peanuts - raw: (Peanuts are often contaminated with aflatoxin, a fungal toxin. Aflatoxin is carcinogenic and causes liver damage in birds, other animals, and even humans. Roasting reduces aflatoxin but does not eliminate it entirely. North American peanut producers are currently working on eliminating contaminated peanuts from their products. Especially peanuts with dark spots on them should be considered suspect, but even those that look clean and perfect could possibly be contaminated.)

    Pencil Tree
    Periwinkle -

    Philodendron aka Sweetheart Plant, Heart-leaf Philodendron, Parlor Ivy Toxic Principle: Nephrotoxic, Entire Plant, Leaves, Oxalates, Calcium oxalate Clinical Signs: Dermatitis, Excessive salivation, Red and swollen oral cavity, Pain, swelling, irritation to throat, Irritation and burning of mouth, lips, and tongue

    Pigweed
    Pikeweed
    Pine needles - berries
    Plum
    Pointsetta - leaves, roots, immature
    Poison Ivy - sap
    Poison Oak - sap
    Pomegranates (root / bark of the Pomegranate)
    Pokeweed/Inkberry - leaf, root, young berries
    Potato - eyes, new shoots

    Pothos (Golden Ivy)

    Privet
    Prune
    Rain Tree
    Ranunculus/Buttercup
    Red Cedar
    Red Maple
    Red Oak
    Rhododendron
    Rhubarb - leaves (editable stalks fine)
    Rosary Peas/Indian
    Licorice - seeds
    Sandbox Tree
    Scarlet Runner Beans

    Schefflera aka Umbrella Tree, Starleaf, Australian Umbrella Tree Toxic Principle: Entire Plant, Saponins, Falcarinol, Calcium oxalate, Oxalic acid Clinical Signs: Dermatitis, Vomiting, Leukopenia, Loss of coordination, Irritation of mouth, lips, and tongue

    Skunk Cabbage
    Snowdrop
    Snowflake
    Snow on the Mountain / Ghostweed
    Sorghum Grass
    Sorrel
    Sudan Grass
    Sweet Pea - seeds, fruit
    Tansy Ragwort
    Tobacco - leaves
    Vetch
    Virginia Creeper - sap
    Water Hemlock
    Western Yew
    Wisteria
    Yam bean - roots, immature roots
    Yello Jasmine
    Yew (Amer,Engl,Japan) - needles, thistles

    Yucca aka Spineless Yucca, Soapweed, Spanish Bayonet; Toxic Principle: Spines, Furostanols, Leaves, Saponins [steroidal], Spirostanols – sarsasapogenin; Clinical Signs: Vomiting, Bloat, Diarrhea, Nausea, Mechanical damage

    Zamioculcas - an indoor plant. All parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested.
     
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  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    There are a few things to remember about that list.

    Chickens, ducks, turkeys, and other poultry that are allowed to truly free range are around a lot of that stuff daily, yet they live and are healthy. It's possible for poultry to eat enough to get sick or die of some of that stuff, but unlikely. Although they are around it all the time, they don't die from it a lot.

    Another huge thing is the dosage. How much do they have to eat for it to do any harm? On practically everything on that list, one bite won't kill them. Many bites usually won't hurt them at all. It takes a certain dosage to cause harm. What that dosage is depends on their body weight, how toxic that plant is, and their general health.

    Some examples. I’ll talk about chickens since that is what I have, but it applies to all poultry.

    Green potato skins are bad for you, a human. They contain a chemical caused by exposure to the sun that is poisonous to human beings, let alone chickens. Regular potatoes are fine. But it takes about two pounds of that stuff to kill a normal sized healthy human. Chickens don't weigh as much as normal humans so the amount they would have to eat is a lot less, yet one bite won't kill them. Since you know the green potato skins are bad for you, your family, and your chickens, don't feed it to them. But one bite won't kill any of you.

    I see a glaring omission from your list, members of the cabbage family. Cabbage and other members of its family contain a substance that can hurt humans and chickens. Yet it is a recommended treat for chickens. Baffling isn’t it. There was a story a couple of years ago where a woman had died from eating Bok Choi, a member of that family. She ate 5 pound of Bok Choi every day for a few weeks. That chemical had built up in her system enough to kill her. It takes a whole lot of that stuff a lot of time to build up to dangerous levels. Chickens normally will not eat enough of most of that stuff on the list to hurt themselves.

    I see certain fruit seeds on that list. Apples, peaches, plums, and many other fruit seeds contain cyanide. As a kid, did you ever swallow an apple seed? I did a bunch, yet I live. Why didn’t cyanide kill me? There simply is not enough in one seed to hurt you. I let my chickens roam my orchard. When chickens eat an apple, they really like the seeds. I’ve found a plum pit in the gizzard of a chicken when I processed it. They eat plum pits that contain cyanide. They don’t fall over dead. There is simply not enough dosage in a few seeds to hurt them. Yet seeds contain a substance that can kill them. How I use this information is that I don’t worry about what they can pick up in my orchard. But if I can peaches or make apple butter, I don’t dump a concentration of seeds where they can get to them.

    People have died from drinking too much pure sweet clear clean water. A woman in a water drinking contest to see how long they could hold it without going to the bathroom and continuously drinking water died. That was a whole lot of water, but too much of a good thing is often not good.

    In some environments, acorns are one of the most important foods for wild turkeys and ducks, yet acorns are on that list. Scientists have collected wild birds and studied what they eat. In certain seasons in certain places, acorns are about 80% of the food source for some wild ducks. For humans to eat them, acorns need to be leached to get rid of some bitter stuff so they may be on a list of stuff for humans to not eat, yet they were a staple for some hunter gatherer cultures. I really question why they are on this list for poultry at all.

    I could go on with many more examples but hopefully I’ve made my point. Moderation. Don’t overdo things, either when feeding your family or your chickens. One bite generally won’t kill them, but don’t overdo it. Don’t feed your chickens a whole lot of the same thing day after day. Vary their diet as far as treats go and make sure that their regular feed is the major part of their diet. And try to keep them generally healthy. A weak sick chicken is at more risk from some of these things than a healthy chicken.

    To me, a list like that is more sensationalism than true help. To truly be helpful, you would need to know what the effects are and what dosage is required to cause those effects. I’m sure practically everything on that list could cause a problem, but to me there is a whole lot of difference in what can happen and what will happen each and every time.
     
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  3. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    interesting thing about the internet. ANYONE can write a blog post, listing anything they want. Remember to read with an open mind and look if they site sources with factual links to findings to back up what they post.
     
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I appreciate the list, and agree that it is a matter of degree. I also noted that the reference was to "birds." Along those lines, a small pet bird who weighs a few ounces might be more susceptible to plant poisoning than poultry or waterfowl.

    I smelled garlic on Zwei's breath one day. It was too late to stop her, she had eaten a stray bulb. Nothing bad happened. Shew.

    I do try to keep nightshade plants out of their forage areas. And once I saw Einz eat a mushroom so I put charcoal in everyone's water that night (powdered activated charcoal - food grade - absorbs toxins).

    Datura, digitalis, some of those can be heart-stoppers, even for human-sized animals. I plan to slowly go through the list, finding out more about the plants. I am a plant enthusiast, so it will be fun for me.

    Thanks for posting the list . . . gives us something to think about. And caring for ducks really requires nerves of steel sometimes when you think of all the things that could harm the little ones.
     
  5. Ashburnham

    Ashburnham Chillin' With My Peeps

    It's a good thing none of my goats can read! lol
     
  6. LorraineM

    LorraineM Out Of The Brooder

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    LOL :p
     
  7. LorraineM

    LorraineM Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for your replies everyone.
    I kinda did look at it and think WOW i'm going to have the chickens and duck locked in a pen and hand fed the rest of their lives [​IMG]
    And i did think most things in moderation wouldnt be so bad.

    Amiga it would be very interesting to read what you find out :)
    I really have enjoyed the many hours of reading i have done in here.[​IMG]
     
  8. Crafty-Duck

    Crafty-Duck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good list!!!! didn't know about a few of those.
     
  9. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm surprised to find acorns on the list as many wild ducks eat them in large quantities. I know they're poisonous to some animals like horses.
     
  10. Ashburnham

    Ashburnham Chillin' With My Peeps

    My goats practically live on acorns in the Autumn with no ill effects whatsoever.
     

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