Can chickens eat mushrooms?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Me and my two Chicks, Oct 3, 2010.

  1. Me and my two Chicks

    Me and my two Chicks New Egg

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    If I have mushrooms growing in my yard do I have to worry about the chickens eating them? I don't know if they are poisonous or not.
     
  2. Ariel301

    Ariel301 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2009
    Kingman Arizona
    If they are poisonous and the chickens eat them, you may have trouble. I think it would be best to remove the mushrooms when you see them, for safety. When I lived in a wet area that grew mushrooms, I did the same because my cats seemed to show an interest in them and I knew I had a poisonous variety. Non-poisonous mushrooms should be fine though.
     
  3. Ohhhdear

    Ohhhdear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens will usually avoid things they instinctively know isn't good for them. Some mushrooms they love; most of the ones in my yard they won't go near. It's been a very good mushroom Fall here; I have fairy rings and lots of 'shrooms growing on the cut stumps, but the girls won't go near them.
    There's lots of other things for them to eat, though, and they free range as well as getting lots of feed. If my chickens had not much else interesting to eat, then they might take more interest in the mushrooms.

    DK publishes an incredible mushroom guide, with gorgeous pictures and a really good identifying system. It's worth ordering this book on Amazon.com or getting it from a bookstore. DK publishes really beautiful and easy-to-use travel guides and lots of kids books on nature and science.
     

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