What plants and kitchen scraps are poisonous to chickens?


9 Years
Jun 1, 2010
I have 4 chickens. Dont know much about them since i grew up on my parents cattle ranch. I get that they need calcium, a lot of it, and protien. But their pen is kinda ugly and I wanted to plant some ivy or some sort of vining plant to make it look better and make more shade for the chickies until the trees get bigger. I also cook a lot and no longer have horses, what kitchen scraps should i give them and which should i avoid? Thanks So Much! KIMOORE
I recently asked those very questions and was given great links:
For foods that are good for chickens: https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=2593-Treats_Chart
poison plants (there are lots on the list): http://www.poultryhelp.com/toxicplants.html#P

oh my that list is even longer than the one for plants poisonous to horses! It makes me wonder how chickens ever survived! I hope pansy flowers are not on the list cuz my BCM chicks are fighting over one right now.
I stopped mowing my lawn and the chickens love to graze on dandelion greens and fluff, buttercup greens, dock, grasses and their seeds, comfrey. Ive planted them a stand of comfrey and when they are penned I cut stalks of comfrey and dock to keep them occupied
I find this list of poisonous plants from the government of Canada to be useful. (click)

Incidents of poisonings and livestock effected are, at least, cited. The effects are also given.

You can also click "Important WWW Poisonous Plants sites" on that webpage for other toxic plant sites, for the most part, associated with land-grant universities.


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