Toxic seeds eaten!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by J Family, Apr 24, 2008.

  1. J Family

    J Family Out Of The Brooder

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    Our favorite hen just ate moonflower seeds. I've heard they can be extremely toxic!!! Any Advice?

    Thanks..
     
  2. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

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    http://www.burpee.com/product/annual+flowers/moonflower/moonflower+giant+white+++-+1+pkt.+%2820+seeds%29.do
    Is
    this the plant?

    http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5233a2.htm
    "...Plants with large fragrant flowers that bloom at dusk are referred to as moonflowers. Poisindex[​IMG] lists two species as moonflower: Ipomoea muricata (purple moonflower) and I. alba (white moonflower) (1). Ingestion of I. muricata might cause hallucinations and cholinergic effects such as diaphoresis, salivation, lacrimation, and diarrhea. Neither hallucinations nor other anticholinergic effects occur with I. alba poisoning (1).

    The clinical features of cases reported to DPIC are most consistent with the anticholinergic properties of Datura species. Scopolamine and hyoscyamine, both of which are major constituents of Datura species, are most concentrated in the seeds and can cause anticholinergic poisoning in exposed persons.

    Symptoms of Datura toxicity occur typically within 60 minutes after ingestion and continue for 24--48 hours. Ingestion of Datura manifests as a classic anticholinergic syndrome comprising central and peripheral signs and symptoms. ,,,,"

    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/PS052
    Toxicity To Poultry of Common Weed Seeds

    http://www.ivis.org/special_books/Knight/chap3/IVIS.pdf
    (see bindweed/morning glory)
     
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  3. J Family

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    Yes. Ipomea--white moonflower. She's acting fine and its been several hours now. I have no idea what to do. I'm just watching her. Thought about trying to some charcoal or something.

    Thanks so much
     
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  4. dlhunicorn

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    go ahead and give some activated charcoal...it cant harm and might help
     
  5. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
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    I've also heard of a molasses flush:
    Molasses Flush for chicken that has been poisened.-From Miss Prissy

    Molasses flush is 1 pint molasses per 5 gallons water given over a period of 8 hours withhold all other food or water.
    The break down is -
    (1 PINT = 2 CUPS)
    2 cups to 5 gallons water
    1 cup to 2.5 gallons of water
    1/2 cup to 1.25 gallons of water
    1/4 cup to 2 quarts water
    4 tablespoons to 1 quart water
    The molasses acts as a laxative by pulling water into the intestines and flushing it out.
    I would mix it by the quart.
     

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