Nightshade Poisonous for Chooks?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by inquisitivebird, Jan 25, 2016.

  1. inquisitivebird

    inquisitivebird In the Brooder

    Oct 16, 2014
    I am planning on building a new run to keep chicks in for the first month with a warm brooder attached to it. The location I had in mind is covered in what I believe to be nightshade. It looks exactly like photos online. No berries, just leafy plants with flowers. The plants are only about 3-5 inches tall and are growing in sand. So, I've started weeding it all out by hand so none will grow back.

    As I was weeding a few days ago my chooks noticed what I was doing and suddenly took a great fancy to eating the leaves when before they went completely unnoticed. A few days later the plants are only stems and my chooks are not acting sick or ill in any way. I not sure what all this means, as I thought it was bad for them. Maybe the berries are only poisonous to chooks?

    I'm hoping someone can shed some light on this for me. Thanks!

  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    I also have nightshade here, and my birds have eaten some without harm. It's really an attractive plant, but fortunately easy to pull out. I bag it up and get rid or it, although nobody has been ill over it here. I'm not trying any myself!!! The seeds last a long time, and sprout here when we disturb the soil. Mary
  3. Thankfully chickens and humans are two completely different animals. By the way Strychnine is a tonic for sick poultry not so much for you or I.

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