Poison ivy

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by k-ddid, May 26, 2012.

  1. k-ddid

    k-ddid In the Brooder

    Apr 3, 2012
    We will be letting the chickens free range in the yard, soon. There is lots of poison ivy at the edge of the woods. First of all, will they try to eat it, and if they do, will it harm them? And this may sound crazy, but if they eat it, will the "poison" get into the eggs? I'm terribly allergic to poison ivy, so this came into my thoughts.
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    It has been posted before that chickens can and may eat poison ivy.
    It won't harm them, but if the oils/sap gets on their feathers it may be spread, to your detriment. [​IMG]

    Imp- OK I find that amusing- can you tell I've never had poison ivy?
  3. k-ddid

    k-ddid In the Brooder

    Apr 3, 2012
    Thanks for the input. I have had poison ivy; twice bad enough to need injections. It's always in the back of my mind this time of year. The chickens aren't big on letting me pick them up, so that won't be much of a problem.
  4. chfite

    chfite Songster

    Jun 7, 2011
    Taylors, SC
    Poison ivy is the one plant that I don't have. I check the property weekly for it, and destroy it when found. The grandchildren are not to the age that they can recognize it reliably.

    I doubt that the chickens eating it would be a problem for them. The oils being spread on the feathers may be a problem, as mentioned.

  5. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    I have poison ivy thick in the area behind my workshop. Which I run poultry tractors over. My birds will graze it heavily along with the Virginia Creeper and Creeping Trumpet Vine it is mixed in with. Has never bothered them and it certainly doesn't affect their eggs. Now possibly handling the birds if they've been in a heavily infested area may transfer some of the ivy oils onto you, but it won't bother the chickens nor negatively affect their eggs.

    I react to poison ivy myself so have to be sure I'm properly clothed when in that area. The birds don't mind.

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