PLANTS POISONOUS TO CHICKENS

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Glenda Heywoodo, Mar 17, 2017.

  1. Glenda Heywoodo

    Glenda Heywoodo Songster

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    WHY ARE TOMATOE AND POTATO PLANTS DANGEROUS TO CHICKENS?
    It is the leaves and plant stocks that are bad for chickens also the green potatoes do not feed to your chickens. Nor any citrus juice or the rines.

    Poisonous ornamental plants
    Even though many ornamental plants are mildly toxic or poisonous to chickens, they’re highly unlikely to eat these plants while free-ranging. While sheep, goats, and other livestock animals will eat toxic plants, chickens rarely do.
    When chickens eat something poisonous, it’s usually because someone unintentionally fed them something poisonous or underfed them while they were confined and exposed to something poisonous.
    The following are some of the more common ornamental plants potentially toxic, yet unlikely that chickens would freely eat these.
    •Azalea: Rhododendron spp.
    •Boxwood: Buxus spp.
    •Buttercup family: Ranunculaceae. This family includes anemone, clematis, delphinium, and ranunculus.
    •Cherry laurel: Prunus laurocerasus.
    •Daffodil: Narcissus spp.
    •Daphne: Daphne spp.
    •Foxglove: Digitalis spp.
    •Honeysuckle: Lonicera spp.
    •Hydrangea: Hydrangea spp.
    •Ivy: Hedera spp.
    •Jasmine: Jasminum spp.
    •Lantana: Lantana spp.
    •Lily of the valley: Convallaria majalis.
    •Mexican poppy: Argemone mexicana
    •Monkshood: Aconitum napellus.
    •Mountain laurel: Kalmia latifolia.
    •Oleander: Nerium oleander.
    •Rhododendron: Rhododendron spp.
    •Sweet pea: Lathyrus spp.
    •Tobacco: Nicotiana spp.
    •Tulip: Tulipa
    •Wisteria: Wisteria spp.
    •Yew: Taxus spp.
    Poisonous edible plants
    The following list contains suggestions for edibles to avoid with hand-feeding and free-ranging chickens:
    •Avocado skin and pits contain persin, which is toxic to chickens.
    •Avoid citrus juice and skins.
    •Don’t give chickens any edible containing salt, sugar, coffee, or liquor.
    •Uncooked raw or dried beans contain hemaglutin, which is poisonous to chickens.
    •Raw green potato skins contain solanine, which is poisonous to chickens.
    •Onions are a poor food to give to chickens because onions flavor eggs. Large quantities of onions can be harmful to chickens, affecting their red blood cells, causing hemolytic anemia or Heinz anemia.
    •Avoid feeding or free-ranging chickens specific unshelled nuts of walnuts (Juglans spp.), black walnuts (Juglans nigrs), hazelnuts (Corylus), and pecans (Carya illinoinensis).
    •Don’t give your chickens leaves of rhubarb, potato, or tomato plants.
    Deadly poisonous plants found in pastures
    These plants are not only extremely poisonous to poultry, but also to many other types of livestock and humans. This is not an inclusive list, and be aware that these plants can be found in other areas besides pastures, such as meadows, wilderness areas, and sometimes in gardens as volunteers
    These are the types of plants you absolutely should never expose your chickens to:
    •Black locust: Robinia pseudoacacia.
    •Bladderpod: Glottidium vasicarium.
    •Death Camas: Zigadenus spp.
    •Castor bean: Ricinus communis.
    •European black nightshade: Solanum nigrum.
    •Corn cockle: Agrostemma githago.
    •Horsenettle: Datura stramonium.
    •Milkweed: Asclepias tuberosa. And other varieties.
    •Mushrooms: Amanita spp. Death Cap, Destroying Angel, Panther Cap. Extremely deadly and poisonous if ingested.
    •Jimsonweed: Datura stramonium.
    •Poison hemlock: Conium maculatum.
    •Pokeberry: Phytolacca americana.
    •Rosary pea: Arbus precatorius.
    •Water Hemlock: Cicuta spp.
    •White snakeroot: Ageratina altissima.
     
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  2. I feed my chickens the berries of Elderberries after I squeeze the juice out of them for Elderberry Syrup.Been doing it for 5 years not a hen sick.
     
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  3. Glenda Heywoodo

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    Elderberres are fine to feed to chickens.
    My daughter fed several whole apples to her flock and that did not kill them either
    as apple seeds are poisonous in large amount.
    they become cyanide.
    well, keep those hens happy.
    My daughter found out that
    PURINA OMEGA FEED was the Best for great tasting eggs.
     
  4. North feather

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    What does spp mean?
    I have a bracted honeysuckle (lonicera involucrata) in my new chicken run and I am wondering if it is the same thing as lonicera spp.
     
  5. Shellbeegr8

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    I have a large walnut tree in my back yard. There are several walnuts on the ground. My girls don't seem to have any interest in the nuts that are in the shell, but they love when I shell the nuts and give them to them. Should I be concerned about the ones on the ground?
     
  6. Debutante

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    Not sure if your question has been answered by now but the "spp" just means "species". ALL types of lonicera fall under that category, so your lonicera involucrata is one of about 200 types of lonicera that have been identified so far.
    Now we've sorted that out, do your chickens eat your honeysuckle? I am searching for plants to put near the run that won't get devoured (like my once-majestic rhubarb that is GONE). LOL!
     
  7. micstrachan

    micstrachan Crowing Premium Member

    I have three walnut trees, too. One is black walnut. Not sure about the other. Is this a problem? Girls love to scratch under the walnut trees. Seems more like they are foraging for bugs, however.
     
  8. lamhanson

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    ssp. is all of the species that go with the genus Lonicera. It therefore would include any species of Lonicera including Lonicera involucrata.
     
  9. kjens2014

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    The reason why tomato and potato plants are poisonous to chickens and other livestock, is because they are in the nightshade family of plants. Ergo they have the same toxins in their plant matter, not the fruit.
     
  10. Dragonflydore

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    What about those who allow their chickens compost pile access, should we be filtering out the veggies and fruits listed here or will chickens "pen around them"?
     

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