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Hi I picked up 3 beautiful pekin bantams yesterday and am just wondering if there are any garden plants that are poisonous to chickens?


Mine have been wandering around eating all sorts in the garden today and I couldn't help worrying about what they're eating. I've read they shouldn't have raw potato but is there a nything else they shouldn't be having?


Also I've read you shouldn't give them treats until the afternoon. Doea gthat mean they shouldn't be let out of the run until the afternoon?


Sorry I thought I'd read loads but then realisd I still know nothing :lol:

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Here's a list of poisonous plants:

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.)

Larkspur (Delphinium spp.)

Lily-of-the-Valley (Convallaria majalis)

Lupine (Lupinus spp.)

Mad Apple see Jimson Weed

Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum L.)

Milkweed, Common (Asclepias syriaca L.)


Hope this helps


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Ours seem to be pretty clued up on what to eat and what not to eat.


one of them found a raw potato in the ground the other day (dont know where she got it from) and she just threw it away.


one of the brown ones seems to be adicted to potatoe plant leaves, no matter what we do to stop her getting near them, she always manages (its dead funny to see her jumping up and down :lol: ) she seems healthy enough though.



well done for getting nice new chooks, do you have any photos yet????

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