What plants/trees are toxic?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ragschickens, Jul 27, 2016.

  1. ragschickens

    ragschickens In the Brooder

    Jun 12, 2016
    I took some leafy branches from trees my husband had trimmed and put them in the run for additional shade. It just crossed my mind this could be harmful if they eat the leaves. I have no idea what type of trees they are, but took some pics. Does anyone know if this will be [​IMG]

  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
  3. DrPatrickBiggs

    DrPatrickBiggs Chirping

    Aug 20, 2015
    For the most part, chickens will avoid eating things that are toxic to them, but if you can remove poisonous trees from their environment that would be ideal. Here's a list of other 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 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 anthraguinones, which can have a laxative effect. Rhubarb damaged by sever 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
    Remember to follow the 90/10 rule: 90% of the diet should be a complete feed and only 10% can be treats and snacks.
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2016

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