Isn't rhubarb poisonous????

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by curliet, Jun 15, 2009.

  1. curliet

    curliet Songster

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    My chickens won't leave the rhubarb alone, and have stripped all the leaves off of every single plant. They gather around it like it's the buffet at a chinese restaurant and act like it's the best thing ever. Is this going to have some bad effect on them? So far, they seem ok, but...I thought rhubarb leaves were poisonous.
     
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Quote:My first day as a chicken owner, the 3 hens ate every leaf off my rhubarb too. I thought chicken ownership was gonna last hours at best. It turned out to have no effect. Rhubarb leaves are toxic, but apparently not so much to chickens.

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  3. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    My neighbors' chickens ate the rhubarb down to the ground. It came back, they survived, and the neighbors fenced it in.
     
  4. RubberChickenLubber

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    I'm thinking it's only toxic to humans. Not 100% sure though. Ok, not just humans, but still researching chickens. Probably like a lot of things, some are affected by some toxins and other animals aren't.
     
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  5. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

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    I think the leaves are toxic to humans. The stems though.. MMMM! Have a nice tart taste. I like to eat them. [​IMG]
     
  6. ManyQuestions

    ManyQuestions In the Brooder

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    Dont know for sure about chickens, but a human would have to eat approx 300 full size rhubarb leaves to show illness.
     

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