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What is toxic to chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by CacklingCarolyn, Apr 28, 2011.

  1. CacklingCarolyn

    CacklingCarolyn Out Of The Brooder

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    What should my girls absolutely not get to eat because of toxicity? I want to give them treats but certainly don't want to accidentally harm them.
     
  2. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    For most things, you can go by whether it would harm you to eat it. I'd also avoid giving them chocolate (although why would you share that?!), dried fruit that is preserved with sulfites, alcohol, potato peels that have gone green, and anything that has mold on it.
     
  3. callahanfarmgirl

    callahanfarmgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know alvacados are poisonous to parrots, not sure about chickens. Also, I have seen post on here about apple seeds containing cianide.
     
  4. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:It's not the avocado flesh that's the problem, it's the brown seed coating. And yes, apple and pear seeds contain trace amounts of cyanide but it's generally accepted that a seed here and there isn't going to harm them.

    Also, dried beans have to be cooked first.
     
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    sjmarshall87 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    GiddyMoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:If you try to plant a toxic plant free zone, you will drive yourself crazy. Oleanders are also poisonous but our rabbits live in them. While Morning Glories are toxic, they usually won't eat them..in fact, you can find quite a selection of vintage books and post cards about chickens and Morning Glories together...I know..I used to grow like 90 varieties [​IMG]
     
  7. Celtic Chick

    Celtic Chick Overrun With Chickens

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    Common Foods and Plants Toxic to Chickens
    raw potatoes and peels
    avocado
    citrus fruits
    rhubarb leaves
    chocolate/caffeine
    apple seeds
    onions
    garlic
    mushrooms
    alcohol
    potato, eggplant, and tomato plants/leaves
    salt
    mistletoe or holly berries
    raw beans
    nutmeg
    sweet pea plant
    tobacco
    stone fruit pits
    asparagus

    Read more: http://www.grit.com/blogs/blog.aspx?blogid=4294967388&tag=Chickens#ixzz1KaHbNV3Z
     
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  8. GiddyMoon

    GiddyMoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:This list is not accurate. apple seeds can only hurt them in large quantities, salt is vital to their health, raw beans just need to be cooked, and citrus is not toxic either...some people say it can make their stools loose but I have seen many people throw out oranges for their chickens...nor is garlic or onions they can just make the eggs taste funny, or peas nor tomatoes nor eggplant.... and asparagus isn't toxic either.
     
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  9. cackydoodledoo

    cackydoodledoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree! I have thrown oranges out for them and it hasn't hurt them. People put them in with chickens when they ship them. Chickens have been around for a long time and without so much human intervention. How do you think chickens faired way back when? They knew what to eat and what not to eat. They didn't have humans to ration out their food. They just ate whatever they found on the ground which begs the question - What do you think baby chicks ate back before we had chick starter? Did momma find food for them or teach them how to find bugs etc???
     
  10. AKsmama

    AKsmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As far as plants go, this is a pretty extensive site: http://www.poultryhelp.com/toxicplants.html

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    don't feed dried beans or avocados in any form; I don't feed anything with a lot of onions or garlic b/c it can make the eggs taste funky; I don't give them any potato peelings; and I try not to give anything too loaded with sugar and salt. I don't feed anything with mold or that has obviously gone off.
     

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