By Deb Haines
This list is a start, there are many more Toxic plants/harmful plants ,I will add to list as I research the plants finding veterinary documentation through studies that are either toxic or could be harmful to chickens.
Toxic does not necessarily mean fatal. It usually refers to a substance which may cause a reaction in an individual bird ( ANIMAL ) ranging from a mild irritation, GI upset to death. This is a list of possible plants which may be regarded as toxic to birds and in particular poultry.
yes, this causes some confusion among people who want to do the right thing for their poultry and those who wish to argue with a list by saying “my birds have always eaten this or that and never died!” Many of the plants listed may be on this list because of their found toxicity to other animals if its been documented then its on the list.
Please remember some animals can eat something and show no signs, others can eat a plant and become ill or can cause death….these are plants to keep you aware of …info was from Cornell University, UF extension office, Mississippi State University, Langston University and state extension offices.
AUSTRALIAN UMBRELLA TREE
BEANS: (CASTOR, HORSE, FAVA, BROAD, GLORY, SCARLET RUNNER,
BIRD OF PARADISE
CHALICE (TRUMPET VINE)
CHINA BERRY TREE
CLEMATIS (VIRGINIA BOWER
DATURA STRAMONIUM (ANGEL’S TRUMPET)
DIEFFENBACHIA (DUMB CANE)
EUONYMUS (SPINDLE TREE
GRASS: (JOHNSON, SORGHUM, SUDAN & BROOM CORN)
HEATHS: (KALMIA, LEUCOTHO, PEIRES, RHODODENDRON, MTN. LAUREL
IRIS IVY AND ENGLISH IVY
LANTANA (RED SAGE)
LILY OF THE VALLEY
LOCUSTS, BLACK / HONEY
NIGHTSHADES ( ALL OF THEM, including Potato plants )
ST. JOHNS WORT
STAR OF BETHLEHEM
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