Poisonous plants for chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by amcstay, Nov 10, 2008.

  1. amcstay

    amcstay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are there any poisonous plants that chickens shouldn't eat? I figure that my chickens will know better than to eat anything bad for them, but maybe they don't?
     
  2. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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  3. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

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    I'd keep them away from the manchineel apples if I was you.
     
  4. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    Don't let them eat the green parts of tomato plants. The fruits are fine but not the rest.
     
  5. Village Farm

    Village Farm Out Of The Brooder

    Quote:They really shouldn't eat any poisonous plants at all!

    Sorry. Couldn't help myself.

    I figure that my chickens will know better than to eat anything bad for them, but maybe they don't?

    Given what I've seen our birds eat, or try to, I would never make that assumption, myself.​
     
  6. tackyrama

    tackyrama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not an expert but I've never heard from any authority anything chickens shouldn't eat. I free range my chickens and they eat anything and everything, Tomatoe leaves and buckthorn berrys included. Buckthorn is an invasive alien species which most wild animals will not eat but my chickens eat it OK. They even eat poison ivy berrys and leaves without any harmful effects. They do not eat mushrooms. Animals are much better than humans at knowing what is good for them. Also animals can eat many thing we can't.
     

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