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Are Lily of the Valley Toxic to Chickens?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by LittleOregonAnnie, Apr 19, 2011.

  1. LittleOregonAnnie

    LittleOregonAnnie Out Of The Brooder

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    My hen got out and I caught her eating lily of the valley leaves. I thought lilies were toxic to most animals. She seems to be fine but I'm worried. It's been about 20 minutes.
     
  2. Reg

    Reg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my hens stopped eating for two days & looked very sluggish.

    We noticed that some rhubarb leaves had fallen over onto the run wire & had been pecked.

    As i said she was poorly for two days but is fine now.

    Rhubarb leaves are poisonous for sure but she seemed to handle it.

    I hope your hen is ok

    Reg
     
  3. LittleOregonAnnie

    LittleOregonAnnie Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you. I'll keep my eyes on her for a while.
     
  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    I think it is the little white blossoms that are poisonous, at least to people.
     
  6. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    All parts of Lily of the Valley are poisonous. I'd keep a close eye on her. I am actually really surprised she ate it. Chickens will generally stay away from toxic plants. I am sorry to say that there is not much you are going to be able to do for her if she ingested a toxic amount of the plant. If it were my bird, I may try to get her to ingest some activated charcoal, but I can't say that she will be overly cooperative with that. Maybe charcoal disguised in some yogurt? Are you sure she actually ate it? Chickens may peck and pick at something just to test it, but not actually ingest any of it.
     
  7. Arien

    Arien New Egg

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    Following up on this old thread.
    Our hens seem to love lily of the valley leaves. They suddenly started devastating all the lily plants in the garden two weeks ago. I was concerned, but since there was nothing that I could do, I just hoped that they wouldn't eat something toxic to them.
    They really loved the leaves. Some of the plants are eaten to the ground. We only have two hens, and they've eaten about 40 plants over two weeks.

    I haven't noticed anything wrong with the hens. They seem to have stopped eating the leaves now, so maybe they found out they didn't like them after all. ;]
     
  8. venymae

    venymae Prairie Wind

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    Our chickens have nibbled at lily of the valley and no effects yet. they seem fine.
     
  9. lynnehd

    lynnehd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm glad this thread was reactivated. I have some Lily of the Valley in my yard. I've tried to remove as much as possible, but it's impossible to get rid of all of it. Now I won't worry as much. [​IMG]
     
  10. deyemond

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    My chickens ate every lily leaf they could find! I wish they would eat the roots too! Are the eggs safe to eat?
     

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