What Chickens Shouldn’t Eat

What Chickens Shouldn’t Eat

I found this extensive list of things that are bad for your chickens to eat on several chicken forums and other online sites. Thought I’d post the list here for all the Chicken Junkies out there. :0)

It’s very important that you know what to watch for around your yard. Wild birds pretty much know what to eat and what not too, but domesticated birds have lost some of that knowledge. It’s up to us to protect our flocks.

What Chickens Shouldn’t Eat

* ARUM LILY
* AMARYLLIS
* ARALIA
* ARROWHEAD VINE
* AUTUMN CROCUS
* AUSTRALIAN FLAMETREE
* AUSTRALIAN UMBRELLA TREE
* AVOCADO
* AZALEA
* BANEBERRY
* BEANS: (CASTOR, HORSE, FAVA, BROAD, GLORY, SCARLET RUNNER, MESCAL, NAVY, PREGATORY)
* BIRD OF PARADISE
* BISHOP’S WEED
* BLACK LAUREL
* BLACK LOCUST
* BLEEDING HEART OR DUTCHMAN’S BREECHES
* BLOODROOT
* BLUEBONNET
* BLUEGREEN ALGAE
* BOXWOOD
* BRACKEN FERN
* BUCKTHORN
* BULB FLOWERS: (AMARYLLIS, DAFFODIL, NARCISSUS, HYACINTH & IRIS)
* BURDOCK
* BUTTERCUP
* CACAO
* CAMEL BUSH
* CASTOR BEAN
* CALADIUM
* CANA LILY
* CARDINAL FLOWER
* CHALICE (TRUMPET VINE)
* CHERRY TREE
* CHINA BERRY TREE
* CHRISTMAS CANDLE
* CLEMATIS (VIRGINIA BOWER)
* CLIVIA
* COCKLEBUR
* COFFEE (SENNA)
* COFFEE BEAN (RATTLEBUSH, RATTLE BOX & COFFEEWEED)
* CORAL PLANT
* CORIANDER
* CORNCOCKLE
* COYOTILLO
* COWSLIP
* CUTLEAF PHILODENDRON
* DAFFODIL
* DAPHNE
* DATURA STRAMONIUM (ANGEL’S TRUMPET)
* DEATH CAMUS
* DELPHINIUM
* DEVIL’S IVY
* DIEFFENBACHIA (DUMB CANE)
* ELDERBERRY
* ELEPHANT EAR (TARO)
* ENGLISH IVY
* ERGOT
* EUCALYPTUS (DRIED, DYED OR TREATED IN FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS)
* EUONYMUS (SPINDLE TREE)
* EUPHORBIA CACTUS
* FALSE HELLEBORE
* FLAME TREE
* FELT PLANT (MATERNITY, AIR & PANDA PLANTS)
* FIG (WEEPING)
* FIRE THORN
* FLAMINGO FLOWER
* FOUR O’CLOCK
* FOXGLOVE
* GLOTTIDIUM
* GOLDEN CHAIN
* GRASS: (JOHNSON, SORGHUM, SUDAN & BROOM CORN)
* GROUND CHERRY
* HEATHS: (KALMIA, LEUCOTHO, PEIRES, RHODODENDRON, MTN. LAUREL, BLACK LAUREL, ANDROMEDA & AZALEA)
* HELIOTROPE
* HEMLOCK: (POISON & WATER)
* HENBANE
* HOLLY
* HONEYSUCKLE
* HORSE CHESTNUT
* HORSE TAIL
* HOYA
* HYACINTH
* HYDRANGEA
* IRIS
* IVY: (ENGLISH & OTHERS)
* JACK-IN-THE-PULPIT
* JASMINE (JESSAMINE)
* JERUSALEM CHERRY
* JIMSONWEED
* JUNIPER
* KY. COFFEE TREE
* LANTANA (RED SAGE)
* LARKSPUR
* LILY OF THE VALLEY
* LILY, ARUM
* LOBELIA
* LOCOWEED (MILK VETCH)
* LOCUSTS, BLACK / HONEY
* LORDS & LADIES (CUCKOOPINT)
* LUPINE
* MALANGA
* MARIJUANA (HEMP)
* MAYAPPLE (MANDRAKE)
* MEXICAN BREADFRUIT
* MEXICAN POPPY
* MILKWEED, COTTON BUSH
* MISTLETOE
* MOCK ORANGE
* MONKSHOOD
* MOONSEED
* MORNING GLORY
* MTN. LAUREL
* MUSHROOMS, AMANITA
* MYRTLE
* NARCISSUS
* NETTLES
* NIGHTSHADES: (DEADLY, BLACK, GARDEN, WOODY, BITTERSWEET, EGGPLANT, JERUSALEM CHERRY)
* OAK
* OLEANDER
* OXALIS
* PARSLEY
* PEACE LILY
* PERIWINKLE
* PHILODENDRONS: (SPLIT LEAF, SWISS CHEESE, HEART-LEAF)
* PIGWEED
* POINCIANA
* POINSETTIA
* POISON IVY
* POISON HEMLOCK
* POISON OAK: (WESTERN & EASTERN)
* POKEWEED
* POTATO SHOOTS/SKINS
* POTHOS
* PRIVET
* PYRACANTHA
* RAIN TREE
* RANUNCULUS, BUTTERCUP
* RAPE
* RATTLEBOX, CROTALARIA
* RED MAPLE
* RED SAGE (LANTANA)
* RHUBARB LEAVES
* RHODODENDRONS
* ROSARY PEA SEEDS
* SAND BOX TREE
* SKUNK CABBAGE
* SORREL (DOCK)
* SNOW DROP
* SPURGES: (PENCIL TREE, SNOW-ON-MTN, CANDELABRA, CROWN OF THORNS)
* STAR OF BETHLEHEM
* SWEET PEA
* SWISS CHEESE PLANT (MONSTERA)
* TANSY RAGWORT
* TOBACCO
* UMBRELLA PLANT
* VETCH: HAIRY/COMMON
* VIRGINIA CREEPER
* WATTLE
* WEEPING FIG
* WHITE CEDAR, CHINA BERRY
* WISTERIA
* YEWS
* YELLOW JASMINE

 

4 Responses to “What Chickens Shouldn’t Eat”

  1. Wow! Long list. I knew about avocado and a few others. For the rest they are going to have to know themselves. Fortunately, some things like umbrella tree are not tempting to chickens at all.
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  2. Tasha says:

    Avocado and tobacco only I knew of all you listed above. I have to do further research about what you have listed above. I am not fun of take care of chickens, and we don’t chickens at home. But, I love to eat chicken (hehehehe) :) )
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  3. Heather Z. says:

    Oy vey!
    Here I thought I was doing a good job getting our backyard ready for chickens only to find out it’s a potential shmorgishborg of death! I was going to plant morning glories or clematis behind our future coop site for beautification purposes.

    Our backyard also has iris, myrtle, and four o’clocks. I’ve been uprooting those “weeds” (four o’clocks) for weeks now, what a mistake planting them was in the first place, and I was going to plant a cherry tree! Mission Fig it is, if it doesn’t kill chickens. So, is there a flowering vine I can plant that won’t kill our future flock?

    As far as potato skins, parlsey and cilantro (corriander) are concerned, I guess I have to be careful with the ‘table scraps’ too? Why does everone make it sound like anything goes? Tomatoes are nightshades too, so I’m assuming I’m going to have to move our garden or not grow tomatoes now? Sheesh, I just planted pole beans (string beans)! This is very disconcerting =( . I was going to let our future flock roam free, but now they may have to remain in “chicken run lock down” for their own protection, or perhaps I can put our entire backyard garden “behind bars”.

    Boy, I am so glad I stumbled across this info, back to the drawing board, and back to work …. if any one needs me ….”I’m in the ga-r-r-r-den!” =)

  4. KATtheCHICKEN says:

    Thanks for the tips, now I no what to look out for when I get my chickens. I’m thinking of naming them Lucy, Willa, Jess, and Peaches

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