Uh Oh!: Chickens and Toxic Plants

Uh oh!  I just learned that, like horses, chickens are endangered by plants that are toxic to them. This really bummed me out. Somehow I pictured chickens as sort of indestructible, in eating whatever they find on the ground. It turns out ivy is one of the plants that is dangerous and we have a lot of ivy.

english-ivyI guess this project is a work in progress. I spent the entire first spring and summer after moving from New Mexico to Pennsylvania trying to get up to speed on the toxic weeds here that endanger horses. At least the chickens will avoid these items unless there is no other forage available and that they have to eat a lot to be affected.

Anyone else know anything about plants that are toxic to chickens or lost any to poisonous plants?


About Pathfinder Pursuits

Camille is a licensed clinical social worker and writer. She is the author of the Quincy the Horse children's books.
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5 Responses to Uh Oh!: Chickens and Toxic Plants

  1. naturalpfg says:

    Reblogged this on The Natural Poultry Farming Guide and commented:
    There is a huge array of plants that are poisonous to our feathered friends the chickens. It’s easy to think that chickens will instinctively know what to eat and what to leave alone, but sadly, that’s not always the case. So below find to links for information about, first, what not to feed your hens, and secondly, a comprehensive list of poisonous plants from our friends at Omlet.


  2. tbnranch says:

    Here’s a list of Toxic plants to chickens: http://www.poultryhelp.com/toxic1.html
    Here’s a list of foods to NOT fed chickens: http://tbnranch.com/2012/08/01/what-not-to-feed-chickens/
    Looks like you have plenty of info now! 🙂

    • Pathfinder Pursuits says:

      Definitely. Now all I have to do is get rid of the ivy near the proposed coop site and all will be well.


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