Are Dutchman's pipe vines poisonous to chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Country4ever, Oct 18, 2010.

  1. Country4ever

    Country4ever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm wanting to plant a Dutchman's pipevine to grow up one side of my chicken run, but thought I'd better find out first if its poisonous to them.
    Any ideas?
    Thanks.
     
  2. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It must not be of much concern as a toxic weed because I don't find it listed by Auburn University or Texas A & M, altho' I'm guessing that it grows across the South.

    The University of Florida does have some things to say about Aristolochia littoralis, which is the cultivated ornamental vine, including: "these plants are highly toxic."

    It may be that livestock won't generally eat this plant even where it occurs as an invasive but if you plant it with chickens in confinement, I'd bet they'd eat it.

    Steve
     
  3. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    I had some growing last year and they did not hurt my chickens, don't know if they ate them or they just died over the winter but they did not come back this year.

    I have some seeds from last year i am going to plant them in the spring, it's a really cool plant.
     
  4. Country4ever

    Country4ever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Steve and zazouse!
     
  5. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have the small, the medium and the really large varieties and they don't seem to care to eat it.
    sharon
     

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