Can chickens eat Avacado?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by m_shuman, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. m_shuman

    m_shuman Songster

    Apr 22, 2011
    Springfield, GA
    I bought one of the big FL grown avacados last night to make gucamole with and it is to sweet to eat so is it safe to feed to my chickens?

  2. tclegg

    tclegg Chirping

    May 15, 2011
    NO-Absolutely NOT--they are poison to chickens do not feed it to them.... [​IMG]
  3. gale65

    gale65 Songster

    I've read some posts here saying people give them to their chickens but I personally wouldn't chance it.
  4. BellevueOmlet

    BellevueOmlet Songster

    Jul 10, 2010
    Chickens can tolerate a certain amount of poisen/bad food and still survive just as humans can so be weary of anyone insisting that certain foods are safe. Avacado is one of the dangerous foods for chickens. Do not feed it to them.
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  5. m_shuman

    m_shuman Songster

    Apr 22, 2011
    Springfield, GA
    I will compost it! Thanks I love this site!
  6. southerndesert

    southerndesert B & M Chicken Ranch

    Jun 17, 2011
    Morristown, AZ
    Nope no avocados, toxic to chickens.
  7. jamesbwood

    jamesbwood Songster

  8. jamesbwood

    jamesbwood Songster

    On the other hand, I found this which seems to cite a good source:

    According to the Merck Veterinary Manual, feeding avocados to your pets or any other animal should be avoided at all costs. Animals such as cattle, horses, goats, rabbits, birds, dogs, cats, and even fish can be severely harmed or even killed if they consume the leaves, bark or fruit of the avocado tree.
    Levels of toxicity vary between the two types of avocados (Mexican and Guatemalan) that grow in California. Toxicity also tends to vary depending upon the time of year though this and various other factors relating to toxicity are not easily understood by experts. Periodically, cases of avocado poisoning are seen in animals living in Los Angeles County.
    Avocados contain a toxic fatty acid derivative known as persin and many animal organizations recommend total avoidance of all parts of the plant. The symptoms include gastrointestinal irritation, vomiting, diarrhea, respiratory distress, congestion, fluid accumulation around the tissues of the heart and even death. Cattle, goats, horses, mice, rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, sheep, budgerigars, canaries, cockatiels, ostriches, chickens, turkeys, and fish are susceptible. Caged birds appear more sensitive to the effects of avocado, while chickens and turkeys appear more resistant. Additionalyy, dried avocado seed can kill mice.
    The primary negative effects in humans seem to be limited to those individuals who have an actual allergy to avocados themselves.
    Sources: Merck Veterinary Manual
  9. davi

    davi Chirping

    Jun 26, 2012
    No they cannot I think there is toxtic in them...

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