Poisonous Plants for Chickens

Some plants are poisonous to chickens although fortunately they are quite savvy about what not to eat and it is very rare for a chicken to eat poisonous plants due to their bitter taste.

Prevention is far easier than cure. If in doubt, keep potentially harmful plants away from your birds.

Here is a list of some plants that are poisonous to chickens, it is by no means exhaustive and I haven't been able to verify whether they really are poisonous of course (I'm not going to test them on my chickens!). The list is based on what veterinarians have told me and I have picked out of old poultry books. If you have any plants to add

Bloodroot
Bull Nettle
Bracken
Bryony
Carelessweed
Castor Bean
Cocklebur
Curly Dock
Daffodil
Delphinium
Elderberry
Fern,
Foxglove
Ground Ivy
Hemlock

Horse Chestnut
Horse Radish
Hyacinth
Hydrangea
Ivy
Laburnum (seed)
Lamb's Quarters
Lantana
Lily of the Valley
Nightshade (Also called Deadly Nightshade)
Rhododendron
St. Johns Wort
Tulip
Water Hemlock (Cicuta maculata L.)
Yew

Blue Green Algae found in water is also fatal so ensure water sources (e.g. ponds or water containers) are clean.

If you know of any other plants that are poisonous to chickens then please let me know - ideally with a reference so I can look it up before adding it to this list. Thanks.

 

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