Wisteria around coop....

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Agnella, Jul 30, 2010.

  1. Agnella

    Agnella Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2010
    N. Georgia
    My DH planted wisteria around our chicken run. I have read that it's poisonous to chickens and I'd like to move the wisteria but DH says they won't eat it.

    Is that true? Will they eat it or not? [​IMG]

    Thank you!
  2. perolane

    perolane Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 20, 2010
    Wisteria bark & foliage are poisonous to exotic birds....not sure about chickens. As to will they eat it...most likely.
  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    I think it'd really depend on your birds. Many folks say chickens won't normally eat plants that are toxic to them. Burning Bush is on the No-No list, but my chickens have lightly sampled mine, and hang out under them sometimes on hot days. I know that's not really an answer...it's more a "wait-and-watch" response. [​IMG] I don't know how large your plants are already, but you may want to leave them, see what happens, and block them with wire if the birds start going after them...
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Not sure how poisonous it is, but I've had birds devour potato peels and all the leaves off a 4 foot round ruhbarb plant.... no ill effects... but they also don't eat them anymore. LOL
  5. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I have large wisteria vines crawling on my chainlink fence. A couple of my chickens have eaten a few of the purple flowers when they started to drop off this past spring with no ill effects, but havnt eaten anymore since. The chickens are fine, no problems. They havnt eaten any other part of the plant neither, it's like they instinctively know what's ok to eat or not to eat. They didnt mess with all the bumblebees neither lol.
  6. Agnella

    Agnella Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2010
    N. Georgia
    I noticed a few of my girls and the roo munching on the wisteria leaves this morning. They are always in their run so I'm sure something new to peck at is pretty exciting! I'll keep an eye on them and if I need to dig up the wisteria, I'll dig it up!

    Thanks for all the replies!
  7. Ninamm

    Ninamm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 24, 2013
    Sunnyvale, Ca
    My Girls tend to just eat the dried whisteria leaves. No ill affects either here. I know they liked the Gingko shoots that were growing out of our gingko tree. No ill affects either on that. They do know wha to eat and not eat. Smart birdies. Or Fowlies..lol

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