dangerous plants?

MNmommy

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I will be getting my first ever chickens in a couple weeks and we have many different flowers/ shrubs in our gardens and was wondering if you know of a good list of deadly/toxic plants that chickens should not eat?? I just want to avoid any dangers for them. I wish I could train them to eat just the weeds:p


thanks
 

MoodyChicken

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Fortunately, most poisonous plants are bitter or generally unappealing to animals. Here's a big list for ya! http://www.plantsciences.ucdavis.edu/ce/king/PoisPlant/Tox-COM.htm
If
your birds do ingest a toxic plant, the symptoms occur pretty quickly. Keep whole milk, activated charcoal, and electrolytes on hand. Milk will flush the body, charcoal will absorb most toxins, and electrolytes will encourage proper water absorbtion. The goal is to dilute the toxin to a safe level.
 

kees

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I'm confused because I've seen posts on the BYC that stated that some posters have chickens who love cabbage.

Suzy
 

MoodyChicken

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Cabbage a goitrogenic poison, which isn't very harmful in moderation and it is deactivated when cooked (I think). Goitrogens affect the thyroid, interfering with iodine intake. In people, this would cause goitre (that gross massive double chin thing). In chickens, not sure what it would cause but obviously nothing serious if anything.
 
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