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Is Rye toxic to chickens?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by crazyoldchickenlady, Dec 18, 2011.

  1. crazyoldchickenlady

    crazyoldchickenlady Hatching

    Dec 14, 2011
    Does anyone know for SURE that it’s safe for chickens to eat Rye? In the Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens, Gail Damerow says that rye, wheat, &barley seeded in the fall may be grazed on…Yet in the Chicken Health Handbook she seems to contradict herself by saying that “toxic seeds are sometimes accidentally harvested…including rye seeds, causing poor growth, pasting, soft bones and lameness.”
    I’ve been given small amounts of rye to my girls over the last 6 months with no apparent symptoms, but the symptoms listed are not so acute as to be noticed immediately.

  2. kesali

    kesali Songster

    Mar 27, 2011
    far northern Wisconsin
    I don't know about rye seeds, but I toss old rye bread to my chickens. They devour it (like everything else) and I have never seen any problems.

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