What kinds of seeds can chickens have?

Discussion in 'Nutrition - Sponsored by Purina Poultry' started by Raquel122, Oct 4, 2015.

  1. Raquel122

    Raquel122 In the Brooder

    Nov 26, 2014
    Is there certain kind of Seeds to avoid feeding g to chickens? I know apple seeds should be given in small doses but should just be avoided.
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2015

  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Apple seeds are perfectly fine to give them. Normally, chickens know what they can and can't eat. I know that azalea, philodendron, rhododendron, sweet pea, black nightshade, foxglove, oleander, castor bean, vetch, henbane, irises, lantana, St. john's wort, trumpets vine, morning glory, datura, clematis and honeysuckle are all plants chickens shouldn't have. So probably the seeds should be avoided as well.
  3. Bee Buzy

    Bee Buzy In the Brooder

    Apr 14, 2016
    What Bird seeds are safe to feed chickens ? thx
  4. Milagra

    Milagra In the Brooder

    Feb 21, 2016
    Copperopolis. CA
    I asked the same question where I got my babie from and she said don't feed but if they eat some of it it should not hurt them. I asked about the wild bird seed I feed
  5. jenniferlamar70

    jenniferlamar70 Songster

    Apr 24, 2016
    Northern California
    I read that unsalted sunflower seed are ok.
  6. DrPatrickBiggs

    DrPatrickBiggs Chirping

    Aug 20, 2015
    For the most part, chickens will avoid eating things that are toxic to them.
    A good rule of thumb is to provide a diet that is 90% complete feed and 10% treats and snacks. You can read more here: http://www.purinamills.com/find-ans...e-they-good-for-my-hen/?section=search-result
    Here's a list of things chickens shouldn't eat:
    • Avocado pits and skins contain a potential toxin called persin
    • Onions and garlic are not recommended, as they can give your eggs an off-flavor
    • White potato peels that have green areas contain a toxin known as solanine, which can be fatal
    • Undercooked or dried beans contain a toxin known as hemagglutinin
    • Rhubarb contains anthraquinones, which can have a laxative effect. Rhubarb damaged by severe cold can be poisonous to chickens, due to the high concentration of oxalic acid
    • Never feed moldy or rotten foods to your birds
    • Very salty foods will result in excessively wet feces and may be toxic if enough is eaten
    And remember to follow the 90/10 rule: 90% of the diet should be a complete feed and 10% can be treats and snacks.

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