Iris bulbs

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by meadrian, Oct 16, 2009.

  1. meadrian

    meadrian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've checked countless lists of plants toxic to chickens and read many posts as well. I can't find a consistent answer for Iris's. One of my chickens thinks the bulbs are a delacacy! But one list said they're toxic, a couple of posts stated their chickens love their iris's. I'm confused. Should I didg them up of let her at 'em!
     
  2. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    There are so many different kinds of irises. SOme are edible by people, some are toxic to people. Wouldn't be surprised if it were the same for chickens.

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  3. meadrian

    meadrian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    True enough. Wouldn't she stay away from it if it were toxic? They don't go for the Lantana leaves.
     
  4. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    I have lots of Iris, my chickens dig in the flower beds sometimes, never had a problem.
     
  5. erijn5

    erijn5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh that is just great!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [​IMG] I just planted like 50 some odd iris's in my flower bed in front of the chicken pen.....that is just great... They are all around my house and yard.....none of mine have died from them, are you sure that she is eating the bulbs, or the bugs in the roots? Mine just scratch the bulbs up, and then I replant them. Mine have been with iris's for 4 yrs....no problems here,,,I hope not for you!!! [​IMG]
     
  6. meadrian

    meadrian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All 3 dug up the Iris's, but one actually pecks and eats the bulbs. She seems to love them![​IMG] Maybe I'll just dig them up and replant them, too. But so far it's been 4 days and she hasn't gotten sick. And if you all have them and they're fine, then I'm sure mine will be, too. Good to know people have Iris's and chickens and no one's died![​IMG] I think she'll be fine. Thanks for your responses!!!
     

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