Toadstools

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by bakerjw, May 24, 2010.

  1. bakerjw

    bakerjw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our girls have gotten to be real treat hounds. They know that when we open the side door of the tractors that there will be worms, bugs, rice cripsies, etc... to be soon had. This weekend I took them a worm that I had found and opened the door. Most of them were instantly focused on the worm in my hand but one of them spotted a small toadstool right next to the door and before I could do anything to stop her the toadstool was gone with a chicken doing the "Don't take my treat" game.

    Anyone else have any issues with a chicken eating toadstools? None of them appear to have gotten sick.
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Most toadstools, mushrooms, etc. my chickens have always left alone. There is an occasional one that they'll gobble down. After watching my flock free range for two years I've come to realize that they have a sense about whats okay to eat and whats not.
     
  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Tons of toadstools around my area, but I've never seen a chicken touch one... [​IMG] I hope it's how gritsar says...that they will avoid foods/plants that are bad for them.
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Two years of free ranging on a farm that is overrun with wild brush, poisonous plants, etc. and not a single chicken sick from eating something they weren't s'pose to.
    Lilith would be the only exception, but who would expect a chicken to eat broken glass? She only gobbled it down because I was trying to take it from her and she didn't want me to. [​IMG] Still, she survived.
     
  5. Chickenconcernd

    Chickenconcernd Out Of The Brooder

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    My chickens pull the mushrooms up but I do not think they eat them.
     
  6. ConPollos

    ConPollos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's raining and I found toadstools in my run, so I didn't let the girls out because they've eaten all the good forage in the run, so I'm afraid they'll eat something toxic out of boredom. I'm going to remove those. Tilly's Nest blog has an article about the dangers.
     
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  7. HeritageGoose13

    HeritageGoose13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My birds love mushrooms, it has never bothered any of them. Once one of my hens was eating a bunch of mushrooms in a row. She was gobbling them up. They all looked similiar to me. Then she came to the last mushroom and grabbed it in her beak. Did she eat it? Nope, she flung it and sent it flying so high it went over the short fence and out of her area! That one was apparently not edible. After this she went exploring and ate some other, smaller mushrooms. There are tons of mushrooms where I live, my birds probably eat them every day in the summer. They know what is safe and what is not.
     
  8. newmarch2014

    newmarch2014 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have an aquaintance with turkeys, his ate some and died that night....so who knows what a spur of the moment decisions does.
     
  9. ConPollos

    ConPollos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, my! :(
     

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