Is Buddleia toxic to chickens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jeremy, Feb 22, 2013.

  1. jeremy

    jeremy CA Royal Blues

    8,122
    131
    326
    Mar 23, 2008
    Oakland, CA
    I want to put a Buddleia (butterfly bush) plant in my run to add some color, they're pretty hardy here and require very little maintenance.

    Does anyone know though if the plant is poisonous to chickens? I figured I would plant it and section it off for awhile, giving it time to establish and grow tall before I let them near it... a.k.a strip it of all of it's lower leaves, as I know they will. [​IMG]

    Does anyone have experience with this plant and their flock? Thanks in advance.

    [​IMG]
     
  2. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

    3,215
    142
    243
    Oct 31, 2009
    Somerville, AL
    I had 2 when I lived in FL. I don't recall the chickens or ducks eating it and they ate everything green. Even tomato plants. I don't know for sure whether it's safe just that mine didn't eat it.
     
  3. jeremy

    jeremy CA Royal Blues

    8,122
    131
    326
    Mar 23, 2008
    Oakland, CA
    My birds are the same way, anything green goes!

    Thank you for sharing your experience.
     
  4. flowerchild59

    flowerchild59 Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,151
    12
    161
    Apr 25, 2010
    Southern IL
    i have several around the coop for color and butterflies. I have never seen them touch it. I would not hesitate to plant it anywhere.
     
  5. Hangtown Farms

    Hangtown Farms Overrun With Chickens

    6,477
    146
    268
    May 19, 2012
    PLACERVILLE CALIFORNIA
    basic Buddelia davidii and its varieties are not. This is the one you see at nurseries.
    I live Pink Delight and Royal red as they do not get to lanky .
    Also Buzz series is nice because it is a true dwarf that stays pretty full where as Some of the petite ones Like petite plum still get rangy.
    Chickens will not eat it as far in my experience but deer and rabbits do.
    It is good for Butterflys and bees. Hummingbirds love it too.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by