Chickens and wild mushrooms

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by marymac, Sep 15, 2008.

  1. marymac

    marymac Songster

    Jul 12, 2008
    Northeast Ohio
    Is it ok for chickens to eat wild mushrooms? I have some growing in my yard after all the rain we've had. Now I'm wondering about when I let them out if they will eat the mushrooms, and what if they are the poison kind. Are chickens immune to bad mushrooms, or will they just not eat them?

  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I can only speak from the experience I've had. We have lots of mushrooms growing around here too, because we have had lots of rain and we have cows grazing everywhere [​IMG]
    I've seen my chickens take a bite or two out of some of the mushrooms, but then they leave them alone. They seem to know which ones are okay to eat and which ones aren't. Perhaps the mushrooms taste bitter? None of the chickens have gotten sick from the few bites they've taken.
  3. redoak

    redoak Songster

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY
    In my chicken run I have a few wild mushrooms of various kinds come up, but the chickens leave them alone. I'm not sure if they take a very small bite and don't like them or just know to leave them alone. So mushrooms haven't been any problem for my chickens so far.
  4. carress

    carress Songster

    Mar 26, 2008
    Orange county NY
    my birds won't even eat delicious portabellas

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