Will winter aconites harm chickens?

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  1. aussie2000

    aussie2000 New Egg

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    We have winter aconites in our backyard, and I know they have antifreeze in them, but was wondering if it would affect chickens. We would really like to let them out of the run, since they haven't wanted to come out of the coop all winter.

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  2. TheEggCollecter

    TheEggCollecter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I spent a couple minutes googling an answer to this. I couldn't find anything about chickens be harmed by winter aconites but I did read that they are dangerous to kids and pets so i would assume that they are not safe for chickens.

    Read this on the website...
    There is also a darker side to these late winter/early spring-blooming beauties. Winter aconites are one of the most poisonous plants in the garden. If you have small children or pets that are likely to dig in the garden, you may not want to plant winter aconite in your yard. The entire plant, especially the tuber, is quite poisonous and may cause nausea, vomiting, colic attacks and visual disturbances.

    Here is the link so you can read yourself: http://www.plantingflowerbulbs.com/winter-aconite.htm
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  3. aussie2000

    aussie2000 New Egg

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    Hi, That is what I was going to assume as well, but I have heard of plants that are harmful to mammals but not chickens. Oh well, looks like they will be in for a while now.

    The problem is the aconite "tubers" stick around 'till late summer

    Thanks for the reply
     
  4. TheEggCollecter

    TheEggCollecter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No problem
     

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