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hi, being new to having a few chooks and letting them roam and eat whatever they wish, i wondered if there is a guide or info detailing which foods/plants/insects etc. are suitable for their wellbeing?


the reason i ask is because i don't want them to be eating something which may be detrimental to their health.


at the moment their diet consists of various veg. such as cabbage, corn (cob and loose), maize, dried raisins and sultanas, cooked pasta, broccoli florets, mashed potato, the odd worm. I give them fine mixed grit aswell.


many thanks

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I'm not sure of a guide. Rhubarb leaves are supposed to be poisonous, but then there is a thread on here suggesting they may not be. :? Other people have suggested avocado could be poisonous as poisonous to parrots.

What you are feeding is fine. There is a complete diet in the layers mash/pellets and all the nutrients to produce eggs. Too many greens can sometimes give them the runs and too many treats can reduce the number of eggs they produce.

You can't really stop them eating insects, they will eat pretty much anything. Earthworms can carry other harmful worms, but you can't stop them eating them :roll:

The main thing would be checking what plants you have in the garden may be harmful, but I'm not sure of a list, hopefully someone else will post with one, or you could find on the internet.

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i found this a while ago on a website (cant remember which one though):


Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.)

American Coffee Berry Tree see Kentucky Coffee Tree

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis L.)

Bouncing Bet (Saponaria officinalis L.)

Bull Nettle (Solanum carolinense L.)

Bracken or Brake Fern (Pteridium aquilinum L.)

Burning Bush see Fireweed

Buttercup (Ranunculus spp.)

Carelessweed see Pigweed

Castor Bean (Ricinus communis L.)

Clover, Alsike & Other Clovers (Trifolium hybridum L. & other species)

Cocklebur (Xanthium strumarium L.)

Creeping Charlie see Ground Ivy

Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia milii)

Curly Dock (Rumex crispus L.)

Daffodil (Narcissus spp.)

Delphinium (Delphinium spp.)

Devil's Trumpet see Jimson Weed

Dogbane (Apocynum spp.)

Dutchman's Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria (L.) Bernh.)

Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis L.)

English Ivy (Hedera helix L.)

Ergot (Claviceps purpurea (Fr.) Tul.)

Fern, Bracken (Pteridium aquilinum L.)

Fireweed (Kochia scoparia L.)

Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea L.)

Ground Ivy (Glecoma hederacea L.)


Poison (Conium maculatum L.)

Water (Cicuta maculata L.)

Hemp (Cannabis sativa L.)

Horse Chestnut, Buckeyes (Aesculus hippocastanum L.)

Horse Nettle (Solanum carolinense L.)

Horsetails (Equisetum arvense L. & other species)

Hyacinth (Hyacinth orientalis)

Hydrangea (Hydrangea spp.)


English (Hedera helix L.)

Ground (Glecoma hederacea L.)

Poison (Toxicodendron radicans (L.) Kuntze)

Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema spp.)

Jamestown Weed see Jimson Weed

Japanese Yew (Taxus cuspidata Sieb. & Zucc.)

Jerusalem Cherry (Solanum pseudocapsicum L.)

Jimson Weed (Datura stramonium L.)

Kentucky Coffee Tree (Gymnocladus dioica (L.) K. Koch)

Kentucky Mahagony Tree see Kentucky Coffee Tree

Klamath Weed see St. Johnswort

Lamb's Quarters (Chenopodium album L.)

Lantana (Lantana camara L.)

^^^there all poisonous to chooks^^^^

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