1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Is poison ivy bad for chickens?

Discussion in 'Nutrition - Sponsored by Purina Poultry' started by Leah567, Apr 6, 2017.

  1. Leah567

    Leah567 Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    3,703
    1,559
    291
    Apr 3, 2017
    Texas
    My Coop
    Hi,
    I was wondering is it bad if chickens eat poison ivy?
     
  2. Flock Master64

    Flock Master64 Overrun With Chickens

    3,279
    1,418
    256
    Jul 24, 2016
    Surrounded by the Amish
    No, I don't know for sure but I'm pretty sure it's not healthy for anyone or anything to eat poison ivy. They would get all the poison ivy oils in there mouths and down their throats and all down their digestive tracts causing it to swell up. It would probably kill whatever ate it if you have enough. I live by A LOT of poison ivy and my chickens don't eat any of it to my knowledge. They have the instinct to know what is and isn't good for them so I wouldn't worry about it.
     
  3. barred2rock

    barred2rock Chillin' With My Peeps

  4. Leah567

    Leah567 Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    3,703
    1,559
    291
    Apr 3, 2017
    Texas
    My Coop
    Thanks for your responses! My chickens eat leaves off a certain bush, That I thought was poison ivy, But I guess its not.[​IMG]
     
  5. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

    21,681
    2,616
    466
    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Poison ivy doesn't grow in bush form. It is ivy.
     
  6. m1marin

    m1marin Out Of The Brooder

    27
    4
    24
    Nov 2, 2016
    San Leandro
    Poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac are evil, terrible stuff. (Ask me how I know.) The entire plant - leaves, berries, stems, vines, roots - have the urushiol oil. Just a trace amount can cause a horrible reaction in humans.

    I've heard that birds will climb on the plants and eat the berries. However I don't know if it's poisonous for chickens. I've observed that our chickens innately know what plants to eat and what not to eat. If you have poison ivy on your property I would think a bigger concern would be if the chickens get the oil on their feathers and transfer it to you. Happens all the time to dog owners.
     
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2017
  7. Leah567

    Leah567 Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    3,703
    1,559
    291
    Apr 3, 2017
    Texas
    My Coop
    Thanks for all the info! There is this certain bush my chickens love eating! Does it help disgust their food or something?
     
  8. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

    21,681
    2,616
    466
    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    I'm immune to all 3.
     
  9. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

    21,681
    2,616
    466
    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Can you post a picture of the bush?
    It isn't poison ivy if it is in bush form.
     
  10. Leah567

    Leah567 Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    3,703
    1,559
    291
    Apr 3, 2017
    Texas
    My Coop
    Sure!
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by