What? Chickens can't eat clover?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by americanvalkyrie, Feb 7, 2012.

  1. allpeepedout

    allpeepedout Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2011
    Southern Indiana
    I tractor-pastured mine on heavy white dutch clover all last year, with free access to layer ration. They seemed the picture of health. Under certain conditions, clover can grow a mold or fungus that can cause toxicity to livestock, e.g., causing "slobbers" in horses. Certain types of clover like alsike can also cause photosensitivity / liver problems in equines, and perhaps chickens also have some specific reactions to different types.
  2. Kaeta44

    Kaeta44 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I've seen other lists that show ivy to be toxic to chickens. Nobody told my lot that. After 2 years of keeping it trimmed they are all still fit and well.
  3. 400constantne

    400constantne Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 30, 2012
    By the time that I thought to myself "you probably shouldn't eat that..." the chicken already ate it.

    There are many unhealthy things that chickens eat, but I doubt that there is anything unhealthy that a free range chicken would consistantly eat.

    The list probably has more to do with people who collect plants to grind up and feed to their chickens.
  4. americanvalkyrie

    americanvalkyrie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 20, 2011
    Reno, NV

    Thanks, everyone. It didn't seem to make much sense. I wanted to chicken-tractor mine on the front lawn with the high clover concentration, but it would only be a few at a time, and only when I was able to watch and make sure the neighborhood punks didn't bother them. Glad to know it's not going to be detrimental to them.

    (And my chicken feed has hippie cooties ALL over it!)
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  5. georgiagail

    georgiagail Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank goodness our chickens can't read! They'd probably be suing us for what we feed them.
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  6. omegorchards

    omegorchards Chillin' With My Peeps

    A plant that is toxic to chickens is rare indeed. I couldn't disagree more with this list. The editors weren't doing their job with this article.
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  7. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I figure any animal that can injest as much styrafoam as my birds have and have no ill effects can not be poisened by anything short of arsenic. And even that some old red hen would probably gobble it up and wander happily off to find a patch of clover.
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  8. chicken-wish

    chicken-wish Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 27, 2012
    My chickens never came up ill due a toxic or poisonus plant before. They always seemed to know what was good for them and what wasn't. I would say you shouldn't have to worry about it.

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  9. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
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  10. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

    Jan 27, 2007
    Still alive and well... [​IMG]
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