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!

Mushroom eating chickens !!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by swtangel321, Aug 1, 2008.

  1. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    I let my chickens out to free range a few times a week when me and the hubby are outside, only b/c we have dogs and when we let the chickens out the dogs need to go in !!!! when ever I let the chickens out the find mushrooms and chase each other around for them... Are mushrooms ok for them to eat?? I don't know what kind they are, i know noone has died yet, just dont want them to be bad for them and then make the eggs bad for us !!!! Thanks for any help !!!!
     
  2. coffeelady3

    coffeelady3 Froths Milk for Hard Cash

    Jun 26, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    They won't hurt them, as long as they're not poisonous. If you don't know, then it would probably be safer to not let your chickens eat them.
     
  3. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    I can only guess they are not, since i'm sure someone would of been sick/died by now !!!
    Just can't belive they LOVE them so much !!!!
     
  4. verycherry

    verycherry Chillin' With My Peeps

    749
    3
    141
    May 29, 2008
    SC Arkansas
    I'd love to know about this too. I've seen my pullets eat a few mushrooms, and no one died or got sick either. I was wondering if maybe the toxins don't bother the chickens like they do people. I know they also love to eat poke salad and poke berries and don't get sick, but people can get very sick (unless you prepare it properly).
     
  5. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    6,583
    14
    261
    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    There are lots of things that are poisonous to people but not to chickens.
     
  6. cthrash1

    cthrash1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Somerset, KY
    Okay I had a blonde moment...I read the title and thought Mushrooms that eat chickens and thought oh this is probably a joke. Jokes on me, I feel so silly!!! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  7. chickenfanatic

    chickenfanatic Chillin' With My Peeps

    752
    0
    139
    Jul 19, 2008
    deming new mexico
    they should be ok id think if they havent had any problems thus far
     
  8. karen71

    karen71 Chillin' With My Peeps

    583
    0
    149
    Apr 27, 2008
    Bear, DE
    Mine were eating the mushrooms too.

    They have not become sick so I guessed it was ok.
    They eat the top off and leave the stem so I have all these little stems all over-
     
  9. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    Quote:[​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    I love a good giggle when I wake up in the morning !!!!
     
  10. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    Thanks everyone for the help, I'm going to keep and eye out and see if anything does happen. I did notice last week after they free ranged that a few of them had some runny poop so I will see today if it happens again and then I will know if its from the mushrooms !!!
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by