Toxic plants

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Saffi0418, Nov 6, 2012.

  1. Saffi0418

    Saffi0418 Out Of The Brooder

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    Our 5 chicks are 8 weeks old now, and I am getting the garden secure for them to roam free.
    I read somewhere that Irises are toxic for chickens, and we have them everywhere.
    Can anyone confirm this - do I need to dig them all up?
     
  2. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In my experience chickens are actually really good about not eating things that are made for them. I don't know for sure about irises but I wouldnt be overly worried about it as long as they have lots of other good things to eat.
     
  3. Saffi0418

    Saffi0418 Out Of The Brooder

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    Well the same article mentioned that they like eating 'Lambs Ear' leaves and there are plenty of them around the Irises, so hope they fill up on them and leave the irises alone.
     
  4. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a flower bed that has iris in, and they haven't bothered them except to scratch around the roots and then not much.
     
  5. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I believe that when they have free choice of food, chickens will not eat anything harmful. Stupid animals get culled early.

    Chris
     
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  6. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    I had all sorts of plants growing in the area my chickens roamed in and they knew which plants were good to eat and left the harmful ones well alone.
     
  7. triplepurpose

    triplepurpose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If chickens were likely to eat poisonous plants and die there wouldn't be very many chickens left around by now, would there... They know what to eat and what not to, never fear.
     
  8. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Mine don't eat them. I have them growing all through the chicken area and they won't touch them.



    Rhubarb leaves are toxic.
     
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    NestingHillsSC Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. Saffi0418

    Saffi0418 Out Of The Brooder

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    It is great to get all this feedback - makes me feel much more reassured. Sounds like my chicks can look after themselves!
     

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