Are these types of ivy poisonous?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jeremy, Oct 18, 2010.

  1. jeremy

    jeremy CA Royal Blues

    Mar 23, 2008
    Oakland, CA
    I have two different types of ivy growing at the proposed site (and all over the rest of my backyard) where I want to build my new chicken coop.

    The first type I believe is English Ivy,

    The second variety I believe is Algerian Ivy, though I could be mistaken,

    Are either of these plants poisonous to chickens?
    Can I leave the foliage there for the chickens to forage and eat?
    Or should I find a way to eradicate it from my backyard?

  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Not sure if it's considered poisonous, but I have English Ivy growing down a bank where the birds range and they have never even tried to eat it that I'm aware of.
  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I think Ivys can cause upset stomachs and irritate skin. But I agree with speckledhen I have it growing in my yard and the chickens have never eaten it.

  4. jeremy

    jeremy CA Royal Blues

    Mar 23, 2008
    Oakland, CA
    Silly me, I was actually hoping they would eat it... [​IMG]

  5. PetRock

    PetRock Crowing

    Apr 28, 2010
    SF Bay Area, CA
    We have ivy growing in our yard and free range most of the day. I've never seen our chickens even try it but they do LOVE the spiders and other buggies that hide in it.
  6. jeremy

    jeremy CA Royal Blues

    Mar 23, 2008
    Oakland, CA
    Quote:Yup, there are TONS of bugs and huge, huge spiders in or around the ivy. I think that also may be because the property has been vacant for the better part of the last decade, so the ivy and the bugs have taken over... and now I get to move in and figure out how to make some sense of the whole thing!

    As long as the plant isn't poisonous, I don't mind leaving it for them, I just didn't want to run into any dying or sick birds because of it.
  7. clio

    clio Songster

    Apr 30, 2010
    Sonoma County, CA

    I had ivy all over my fences and ground before I got my chickens, and I literally tore/pulled them up ... to me, ivy "runners" go everywhere, and start new plants ... while spiders, bugs, etc. live in the ivy, I've also read that mice and rats also build their nests in ivy ...
  8. Clay Valley Farmer

    Clay Valley Farmer Songster

    Sep 7, 2010
    Neither of those look to be the poison ivy I am all too familiar with, though there are something like 130 different strains of the crud. Anyway chickens don't seem the least bit affected by it, never seen them eat it but scratching about the do clear it nicely.
  9. mmaddie's mom

    mmaddie's mom Songster

    I have the English ivy also and have seen the girls scratching around it, but I think for the bugs, etc. not the ivy... never had anyone sick from it. Don't think it is a problem.
  10. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    Looks like what I have growing around here. The chickens have not touched it. No, they would much rather eat my tomatoes, pumpkins, and grapes that were growing. [​IMG]

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