dangerous chicken foods

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by mickeymousears, May 10, 2011.

  1. mickeymousears

    mickeymousears Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2011
    SLO; CA
    Hi all!
    What are foods that should never be given to chickens??

    I'm new to chickens but experienced with parrots and for example avocados can kill a parrot. Is there a list of foods to avoid with chickens?? Since they are in the backyard are there any injects or plant to keep them away from??

  2. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR
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  3. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    Basically nothing moldy or rotten.

    Nor anything that is mostly fat and/or sugar. It's no better for them than it is for us.

    Most anything else is OK because they generally won't eat it if it's dangerous. Presuming of course it's not contaminated with something toxic like pesticides and so on.
  4. Theapplechicks

    Theapplechicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2011
    I know citrus in on the no no list but I have also come across several places that said it's ok. The complaint was it could effect egg production??? Well my girls go absolutely CRAZY over a grapefruit! (and they have never had any problem with it and still lay just as good) Wouldn't touch a pomogranate but will tear a grapefruit to shreds! They also love leftover corn from dinner, salad (no dressing of course) bread loaf ends, and scrambled eggs...
    Last edited: May 11, 2011
  5. Ariel301

    Ariel301 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2009
    Kingman Arizona
    There is nothing wrong with citrus, that's a myth being spread by one of the hatcheries for some reason. I give my birds citrus fruit every day and they are fine. I also give them avocado, potato peelings, and things that are semi-rotten. My hens dragged some nasty rancid beef fat out of the trash last time we butchered a steer, the fat had been out in the sun for days and was turning green, and they gobbled it right up and were perfectly fine. I don't know what the deal is about parrots and avocados, I used to raise parrots and I fed them avocado frequently. The pit shouldn't be eaten by any animal, but the fruit has never given my birds a problem.
  6. mickeymousears

    mickeymousears Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2011
    SLO; CA
    I thought citrus sounded weird. We eat a lot of citrus and I share it with everyone else with no problems.

    Avocado is actually toxic to everyone but the way birds/parrots metabolise their food and their weight makes it dangerous. I have been in the ER with my bird after he drank water that had a seed growing in it. Over the years he has gotten into a sandwhich or two with avocado on it and had no problems. So my guess would be the seed contains the most toxicity (a lot of plants are fine to eat except leaves/stems/seeds/etc)
  7. Nambroth

    Nambroth Fud Lady

    Apr 7, 2011
    Western NY
    My Coop
    Quote:This is correct-- the seed and to a lesser extent the peel contains most of the toxins, which create an extreme allergic reaction in birds. Some birds seem far less susceptible than others for some reason (old world parrots seem to have a lot of trouble with it, especially Australian species, for example). The birds that are the most sensitive to it can have a reaction to the flesh of the avocado too. I suspect that chickens have less of a problem with avocado than parrots.
  8. pixiedouglas

    pixiedouglas Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I thought potato peels were toxic for them, or do you boil them first?
  9. awesomefowl

    awesomefowl Argues with Goats

    Chocolate--eat it yourself. Chickens can eat just about everything; meat, vegetables, grains. In the wild they usually don't get enough toxins from wild plants to kill them since they only peck a bit. My girls love corn cobs, watermelon rinds, and BOSS. (black oil sunflower seeds)
  10. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

    Sep 20, 2009
    Pride, La.
    Quote:I thought potato peels were toxic for them, or do you boil them first?

    I think it's the raw potato peels. If their cooked I feed it to mine!! Matter of fact they get everything we don't end up consuming!! They haven't turned their nose up to anything yet!! [​IMG]

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