++++Is anyone familiar with SEA PURSLANE regarding toxicity????

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by keysfarmgirl, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. keysfarmgirl

    keysfarmgirl Out Of The Brooder

    30
    1
    24
    Mar 8, 2009
    Florida Keys
    My chickens yard has Sea Purslane in it. The botanical name is Sesuvium portulacastrum and it is in the carpetweed family.
    It is considered an herb and eaten in some places. It is said to be salty, probably because it is a coastal, salt tolerant plant.
    Does anyone know if it can hurt chickens? I googled this but can't find anything.
    I am new to chickens and got 5 young ones, of which 4 have gotten sick and 3 have died. I am trying to find reasons why and want to rule out this plant as a bad thing.
    Anybody heard anything on this?
     
  2. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

    5,719
    43
    283
    May 8, 2007
    Wisconsin
    I searched on the name and the word "food", to get these links. I know other purslane can be used as a food for chickens and rabbits. That's why I tried the word food. This first link says they're closely related and the other links list some additional uses.

    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/FP548

    http://food.oregonstate.edu/glossary/s/samphire.html

    http://www.aluka.org/action/showMetadata?doi=10.5555/AL.AP.UPWTA.1_117&pgs=&cookieSet=1

    I'm sorry to hear about your troubles. That's terrible. Do you want to give more information about your chickens here or start a thread in the emergency section? It will help to know where you got them, how old they are, what symptoms they're showing and anything else that you think might be helpful.

    I see you already have a thread going over there. I'll just add a link here.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=142871
     
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2009
  3. keysfarmgirl

    keysfarmgirl Out Of The Brooder

    30
    1
    24
    Mar 8, 2009
    Florida Keys
    Thanks so much for your efforts in the search. I will look at all of those links. I am glad you found my thread regarding the chicken illness/deaths. It is very perplexing so I am looking at all possible causes.
    Now someone told me that coral rock can be toxic to animals, which I had never heard. I asked the local vet and he never heard about it killing anything. We are all coral rock here in the islands and there are chickens all over the place.
    I have now returned the last 2 chickens to the place I bought them from. I am starting new with 2 hens that are about 7 months. I will add on from there to rebuild my little flock. I am hoping I don't have any more issues and maybe the health of those birds just wasn't good.
    I am keeping fingers crossed. Thanks again for your efforts.
     
  4. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

    5,719
    43
    283
    May 8, 2007
    Wisconsin
    Hopefully, you won't have so much trouble, with pullets that are a little older and fully feathered out. They should be a little sturdier.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by