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poison ivy question

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by big greg barker, May 6, 2009.

  1. big greg barker

    big greg barker Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 26, 2008
    central maine
    I made a moveable tractor that I will be putting a bunch of my chickens in to move into an area that I cleared of puckerbrush last summer. I figure I will have a healthy lawn in that area by September. The problem is that there is poison ivy scattered around in that area. Will it affect my chickens adversely, or at all? I know they'll root out everything in their path, but I don't want to hurt them. Opinions? Suggestions?
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Mine free range and have access to the poison ivy in the woods.

    On the other hand, chickens will eat styrofoam, the insides of sheet rock, and lots of other stuff that is not food.

    Do not know whether they would eat poison ivy in a tractor.
  3. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    i dont know about them eating it...but i do know you wont want to touch those birds...lol..many a person has caught poison ivy from their dog or kids clothes after they romp in the woods.. so i assume the same would apply to the birds..if they come in contact with it..
  4. cassie

    cassie Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 19, 2009
    The poison ivy won't hurt the chickens.
  5. mom'sfolly

    mom'sfolly Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 15, 2007
    Austin area, Texas
    I have poison ivy coming through my fence (why is that plant so hard to kill?) and the chickens seem to eat it preferentially. It doesn't last long and doesn't seem to harm the birds.
  6. big greg barker

    big greg barker Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 26, 2008
    central maine
    Nice! Thanks for all the infomation. S.O. will like it that we won't have to use plant poison to get rid of it...
  7. cherig22

    cherig22 Green Fields Farm

    Sep 2, 2008
    SW Missouri
    Talk about a money making venture.....renting out your chickens to eat poison ivy!

    Cheri [​IMG]

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