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Comprehensive list of poisonous plants and trees

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ThePigeonKid, Feb 8, 2012.

  1. ThePigeonKid

    ThePigeonKid Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is from Chicken Keeping Secrets newsletter http://www.chickenkeepingsecrets.com I thought that I would post this for you all:

    Hi Graham,

    I'm glad you wrote and you are right to be concerned about the
    oak tree.


    You would absolutely need to make sure your chickens do not eat
    any dropped acorns.


    Oak leaves as well as acorns can be toxic to chickens and as
    chickens are very curious eaters, you can't assume that they will
    know to keep away from them.


    Chickens will eat most anything!

    This would include screws, Styrofoam, most anything so everyone
    LISTEN - make sure your chickens have an area that is completely
    free from anything they should not ingest.


    When it comes to plants though, I know that personally I tend to
    not be quite as vigilant.


    Especially if it is a plant that I've planted in my garden.

    For this reason, I think it would be a good idea to re-post a
    list of plants that are toxic to poultry. We posted this list
    quite some time ago but because we have so many new readers each
    week and because we could all use a reminder, check out this list
    for the safety of your flock.


    ARUM LILY
    AMARYLLIS
    ARALIA
    ARROWHEAD VINE
    AUTUMN CROCUS
    AUSTRALIAN FLAMETREE
    AUSTRALIAN UMBRELLA TREE
    AVOCADO
    AZALEA
    BANEBERRY
    BEANS: (CASTOR, HORSE, FAVA, BROAD, GLORY, SCARLET RUNNER,
    MESCAL, NAVY, PREGATORY)
    BIRD OF PARADISE
    BISHOP'S WEED
    BLACK LAUREL
    BLACK LOCUST
    BLEEDING HEART OR DUTCHMAN'S BREECHES
    BLOODROOT
    BLUEBONNET
    BLUEGREEN ALGAE
    BOXWOOD
    BRACKEN FERN
    BUCKTHORN
    BULB FLOWERS: (AMARYLLIS, DAFFODIL, NARCISSUS, HYACINTH & IRIS)
    BURDOCK
    BUTTERCUP
    CACAO
    CAMEL BUSH
    CASTOR BEAN
    CALADIUM
    CANA LILY
    CARDINAL FLOWER
    CHALICE (TRUMPET VINE)
    CHERRY TREE
    CHINA BERRY TREE
    CHRISTMAS CANDLE
    CLEMATIS (VIRGINIA BOWER)
    CLIVIA
    COCKLEBUR
    COFFEE (SENNA)
    COFFEE BEAN (RATTLEBUSH, RATTLE BOX & COFFEEWEED)
    CORAL PLANT
    CORIANDER
    CORNCOCKLE
    COYOTILLO
    COWSLIP
    CUTLEAF PHILODENDRON
    DAFFODIL
    DAPHNE
    DATURA STRAMONIUM (ANGEL'S TRUMPET)
    DEATH CAMUS
    DELPHINIUM
    DEVIL'S IVY
    DIEFFENBACHIA (DUMB CANE)
    ELDERBERRY
    ELEPHANT EAR (TARO)
    ENGLISH IVY
    ERGOT
    EUCALYPTUS (DRIED, DYED OR TREATED IN FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS)
    EUONYMUS (SPINDLE TREE)
    EUPHORBIA CACTUS
    FALSE HELLEBORE
    FLAME TREE
    FELT PLANT (MATERNITY, AIR & PANDA PLANTS)
    FIG (WEEPING)
    FIRE THORN
    FLAMINGO FLOWER
    FOUR O'CLOCK
    FOXGLOVE
    GLOTTIDIUM
    GOLDEN CHAIN
    GRASS: (JOHNSON, SORGHUM, SUDAN & BROOM CORN)
    GROUND CHERRY
    HEATHS: (KALMIA, LEUCOTHO, PEIRES, RHODODENDRON, MTN. LAUREL,
    BLACK LAUREL, ANDROMEDA & AZALEA)
    HELIOTROPE
    HEMLOCK: (POISON & WATER)
    HENBANE
    HOLLY
    HONEYSUCKLE
    HORSE CHESTNUT
    HORSE TAIL
    HOYA
    HYACINTH
    HYDRANGEA
    IRIS IVY: (ENGLISH & OTHERS)
    JACK-IN-THE-PULPIT
    JASMINE (JESSAMINE)
    JERUSALEM CHERRY
    JIMSONWEED
    JUNIPER
    KY. COFFEE TREE
    LANTANA (RED SAGE)
    LARKSPUR
    LILY OF THE VALLEY
    LILY, ARUM
    LOBELIA
    LOCOWEED (MILK VETCH)
    LOCUSTS, BLACK / HONEY
    LORDS & LADIES (CUCKOOPINT)
    LUPINE
    MALANGA
    MARIJUANA (HEMP)
    MAYAPPLE (MANDRAKE)
    MEXICAN BREADFRUIT
    MEXICAN POPPY
    MILKWEED, COTTON BUSH
    MISTLETOE
    MOCK ORANGE
    MONKSHOOD
    MOONSEED
    MORNING GLORY
    MTN. LAUREL
    MUSHROOMS, AMANITA
    MYRTLE
    NARCISSUS
    NETTLES
    NIGHTSHADES: (DEADLY, BLACK, GARDEN, WOODY, BITTERSWEET,
    EGGPLANT, JERUSALEM CHERRY)
    OAK
    OLEANDER
    OXALIS
    PARSLEY
    PEACE LILY
    PERIWINKLE
    PHILODENDRONS: (SPLIT LEAF, SWISS CHEESE, HEART-LEAF)
    PIGWEED
    POINCIANA
    POINSETTIA
    POISON IVY
    POISON HEMLOCK
    POISON OAK: (WESTERN & EASTERN)
    POKEWEED
    POTATO SHOOTS
    POTHOS
    PRIVET
    PYRACANTHA
    RAIN TREE
    RANUNCULUS, BUTTERCUP
    RAPE
    RATTLEBOX, CROTALARIA
    RED MAPLE
    RED SAGE (LANTANA)
    RHUBARB LEAVES
    RHODODENDRONS
    ROSARY PEA SEEDS
    SAND BOX TREE
    SKUNK CABBAGE
    SORREL (DOCK)
    SNOW DROP
    SPURGES: (PENCIL TREE, SNOW-ON-MTN, CANDELABRA, CROWN OF THORNS)
    STAR OF BETHLEHEM
    SWEET PEA
    SWISS CHEESE PLANT (MONSTERA)
    TANSY RAGWORT
    TOBACCO
    UMBRELLA PLANT
    VETCH: HAIRY/COMMON
    VIRGINIA CREEPER
    WATTLE
    WEEPING FIG
    WHITE CEDAR, CHINA BERRY
    WISTERIA
    YEWS
    YELLOW JASMINE


    ...I hope you're still here and read through the list.

    I know that as I typed it, I was reminded of many very common
    plants that I had forgotten were unsafe for my flock.


    Again for Graham, I applaud you for being concerned about the
    safety of your flock and hope you can come up with a workable
    solution for your chickens.


    Visit us now for more great chicken keeping advice...

    http://www.chickenkeepingsecrets.com/blog/
     
  2. Novaleigh

    Novaleigh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    WOW! Great list! And to think I was going to plant a China Berry tree in my yard.... well, not anymore!
     
  3. darin367

    darin367 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i've got quite a few of those in my yard... azaleas, rhody's and a few others.......... haven't lost a chicken yet.....except to coons...... i'm not feeding them trimmings from them tho......
     
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  4. GardenState38

    GardenState38 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yew, monkshood, oleander, pokeweed certainly, but Buckthorn? Elderberry? Which part of the plant? Certainly not the berries. Sorrel? Coriander (aka Cilantro)?

    Before everyone strips their yards of all plant life, please realize that, in reality, there are very few cases of chicken death by poisonous plant.
    A free-ranging chicken that is well-fed will avoid the majority of these plants, and some of these plants will not cause death with one bite. Some would require on-going, or massive ingestion in order to be fatally toxic. Certainly, confined chickens should never be offered or have access to poisonous plants, but most chickens who have an adequate base diet can co-exist with a number of the above plants.
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  5. lorain's fids

    lorain's fids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    wow that list of plants/trees is rather long. As far as the acorns go, I remember reading awhile back, probably in the fall when all the acorns were falling, that people do let their chickens eat the acorns.
     
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  6. rckevlin

    rckevlin New Egg

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    For the record, my chickens have been eating the leaves off my ornamental fig (Ficus benjamina) since they were babies. No harm done. Not sure if this is the "weeping fig" mentioned, or if it's the fig-producing tree. A friends chickens LOVE the figs, but as far as I know, have never eaten the leaves.

    I have a ton of maple and ash seeds in the yard. Wondering if it's okay to feed them to confined chickens...
     
  7. Mskayladog

    Mskayladog Chillin' With My Peeps

    Poison oak and poison ivy?? Do I need to kill it on in the field?? It's in the field I plan on letting them free range. Honeysuckle has taking over some of the horse fencing. Polk we have I pick it young when I find it and fry it up for supper. And sitting here I realize we have a youngish acorn tree back there also.
    Will they avoid the bad stuff or do I really need to kill it all off?
     
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  8. Innanna

    Innanna New Egg

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    Hi, New to chickens...love. Curious about whether lichen that grows on my tree could be harmful to the Girls. Any help will be appreciated.

    Thanks, Ann
     
  9. janinepeters

    janinepeters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with Gardenstate38. Elderberry was one from the list that jumped out at me. Mine eat tons of elderberries when in season. I cut whole branches from the bushes that grow wild up the road, and dump them into the chicken yard. The gobble up the berries and no one gets sick. It's possible that if they ate the leaves and stems, they would get sick, but they simply don't eat them. My chickens also have access to rhubarb, parsley, coriander, daffodil, honeysuckle, and some of the other plants on that list. But they choose not to eat them. They always have access to a balanced chicken feed, and they have many different plants to choose from in their yard. They eat what they like - the ones that don't make them sick. There is no reason to purge your yard of these plants.
     
  10. janinepeters

    janinepeters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Innanna, I routinely put logs with mosses and lichens on them, into the brooder box with baby chicks. They jump on and off the logs and peck at.the lichens and mosses, but they don't eat much of it, and none have ever gotten sick. They do, however, like to eat the insects that hide under the mosses and lichens.
     

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