Can chickens eat coltsfoot?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chickenbaguette, Aug 20, 2011.

  1. chickenbaguette

    chickenbaguette Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is coltsfoot poisonous to chickens? I know it's fine for humans and rabbits, but apparently contains pyrrolizidine alkaloid senkirkine which is hepatotoxic.
    And what other common plants/weeds can they eat at this time of year?
    I need some greens for my ill chicken who can't peck them normally like the others because of mucked up feet and beak.
     
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  2. nanawendy

    nanawendy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You might call a vet... I don't know and would not feed it to my chickens if I had any question.
     
  3. chickenbaguette

    chickenbaguette Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you.
     
  4. Fairyfrogmother

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    For the feet, you could make a poultice out of it to help relieve some of the ulcerations.
    Mallow and Slippery elm tea might be safer for respiratory issues. Coltsfoot has very low toxicidity, but in larger or continued doses it builds up in the liver according to my research. It has similar amounts of pyrrolizidine alkaloid as Comfrey.
     
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