Any Of these Plants Toxic/Harmful to Chickens?

Discussion in 'Gardening' started by CuriousChickens, Mar 27, 2018.

  1. CuriousChickens

    CuriousChickens Hatching

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    Hello.
    I'm Currently living in an Apartment. The only Space available for Gardening is the Balcony. But Unfortunately, i cant garden there! because the balcony is Very very shady & terribly Windy. Plus, its RAIN season. so the Clouds covers most of the sunlight.

    I'm Desperately Wanting to garden, but i cant.. Until i found out my cousin has an empty dirt space in her yard. He He he... I asked her if i can use it ( and also asked her to help me garden there ), She happily said "Sure!" :D
    But she have free ranging chickens near, so i gotta be careful of what plants im going to grow there.

    I'm Going to plant

    Nasturtiums
    Sunflowers
    Cosmos

    • Cosmos Bippinatus
    • Cosmos Caudatus
    • Cosmos Sulphureus
    Marigolds
    • Signets Marigolds
    • French Marigolds
    • African/American Marigolds
    Violas & pansies
    Zinnias

    • Zinnia Elegans
    • Zinnia Marylandica
    • Zinnia haageana
    Torenias
    SnapDragons
    Chamomiles
    Dandelions
    Morning Glories
    Baby blue eyes


    Any of those plants i just mentioned poisonous/harmful/ or even deadly to chickens??

    The chickens have plenty of space to forage and they also get fed everyday, But still, i dont want to take any risks!

    Also, do chickens know who's POISONOUS and who's EDIBLE?

    Btw, the chickens are a type of bantams.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Spartan22

    Spartan22 Crowing

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    Those are great plants that they will love to peck and eat except probably the morning glory, now am not sure if they avoid to eat it.
     
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  3. deepbluesea

    deepbluesea Crowing

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    I'm not sure about these, but all of the others are edible (by people, as well!) Torenias
    SnapDragons Morning Glories Baby blue eyes
     
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  4. CuriousChickens

    CuriousChickens Hatching

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    Thanks, Spartan. So glad to here that! Yeah.. maybe i should plant morning glories far away and out of chicken's reach!
     
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  5. CuriousChickens

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    Torenias and baby blue eyes aren't very popular. :( i've heard that morning glories are toxic to chickens, but lots of chicken keepers said their chickens likes to eat the morning glories and they are okay. So im really confused!
     
  6. christwodog

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    I have morning glories, and my chickens don't touch them. My vet told me that chickens generally stay away from toxic plants instinctively. But there's always the exception.
     
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  7. Spartan22

    Spartan22 Crowing

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    I know right? Sometimes there’s plenty of inconsistent conflicting informations. Sometimes if they ingest or ate just a small amount it doesn’t affect them. When I was newer in chicken stuff, I had questions w/ Appleseed, tomato plants and avocados, some people gave me conflicting answers. So what I did just removed the seeds from apple before I toss it to their run and stayed away from avocados and made my chickens decide for the tomato plants. They avoided tomato leaves but ate riped berries they definitely ate all of my pepper plants.
     
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  8. HoopyFrood

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    Agreed, I've heard conflicting reports on many things like this and it does get confusing!

    I'd say don't get overly worried, though. If the plants are established just let the chickens near them under close supervision so you can intervene, if needed. If you find them going after plants that may be potentially toxic (which I've heard morning glory is, but have no experience with it), separate them and consider installing a simple physical barrier.

    Some chickens naturally avoid what is toxic to them. Others do not. Others might try a little, but will give up later. Ours will eat tomato leaves, for instance. I'm more worried for the tomatoes than the chickens and I'll shoo them away from the plants at the first sign of such "peckishness" (yuk, yuk, yuk...). There's no way one or two leaves will harm a healthy adult chicken. But no reason to risk it either.

    BTW our chickens LOVE marigolds and will eat them all day long if they have the chance. Makes the yolks beautiful! But I need those marigolds for chasing away bugs, girls!! Knock it off! :) Actually we grow some in pots that we can then move into and out of the run so they do get to decimate some in a semi-controlled fashion.
     
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  9. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

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    I'd be more worried about the chickens causing death to your flowers than the flowers harming your chickens. You will either need to fence the chickens out, or the flowers in.
     
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  10. CuriousChickens

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    Thanks. Ha! My Cousin said that her chickens have a reputation of destroying plants and bathing on the soil.
     

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