Azaleas and other toxic plants

Discussion in 'Nutrition - Sponsored by Purina Poultry' started by Tikkijane, Apr 29, 2017.

  1. I know that azaleas {and rhododendron} are toxic. Also honeysuckle, morning glories,etc. I have lots of honeysuckle and morning glories. Chickens either leave them alone or have had zero issues.{They also eat poke berries without issue, although it looks like a crime scene. :lau }

    Anyone have azaleas and chickens? Would love to hear your experience, please.

    {Can a mod move this, please? I can't from my phone....}
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2017

  2. KingOfTheCoop02

    KingOfTheCoop02 In the Brooder

    Feb 7, 2017
    Generally chickens leave poisonous plants alone, unless it is the only one available. Don't go stripping your garden of life, just next time you're planting try to avoid poisons. Try adding some edible plants, or lower your amount of poisons, if you're worried.

  3. That has been my experience, which was why I wondered. I don't have any yet. We completely free range, so they have an unlimited supply of greens, etc. Thinking about azaleas and wisteria for color.
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2017
  4. Purina

    Purina Songster

    Nov 11, 2014
    Hi Tikkijane,
    It is probably best to keep your birds away from this plant. For the most part, chickens will avoid eating things that are toxic to them, but if you can remove that plant from their environment that would be ideal.
    Here's a list of other things chickens shouldn't eat: Avocado pits and skins contain a potential toxin called persin
    Onions and garlic are not recommended, as they can give eggs an off-flavor
    White potato peels that have green areas contain a toxin known as solanine, which can be fatal
    Undercooked or dried beans contain a toxin known as hemagglutinin
    Rhubarb contains anthraguinones, which can have a laxative effect. Rhubarb damaged by sever cold can be poisonous to chickens, due to the high concentration of oxalic acid.
    Remember to follow the 90/10 rule: 90% of the diet should be a complete feed and only 10% can be treats and snacks.
  5. Actually, many people use garlic with absolutely zero issues in flavor variation. The bigger issue with garlic is that in large doses, it's an anticoagulant. The items you've listed are a good start. Lots of people also feed leftover spaghetti sauce without issue. My free-ranged flock has plots of exposure to commonly called 'wild onion.' It smells like onion, but is actually a wild garlic. While it makes the horses' breath smell a tad stinky, the chickens don't seem to mind. That's the reason I asked a mod to move this post. I know azealas are toxic. I'm asking people with actual experience to share. In my previous reply, I shared that I have honeysuckle and morning glories, both of which are toxic; both of which my birds leave completely alone. I do apologize for accidentally posting this here. If it doesn't get moved soon, I'll delete it and repost in the right area to see if someone with experience {good or bad} replies. [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 1, 2017
  6. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

    Jun 24, 2012
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