Many birds naturally eat plants as part of their diet. Chickens generally know what plants they can and can’t eat but we still need to be aware of what they are eating. Plant life provides this much-needed shade, while making the chicken’s environment a rich sensory experience. Perennial geraniums, hollyhocks, nasturtiums and their seeds, busy lizzies, lobelia, pansies and hostas are all said to be popular. Rhubarb leaf consumption and chickens has not been well studied or documented. Plants That Are Toxic To Chickens – Listed below are common plants that are known to be toxic to chickens (and most other birds). Your chickens will love eating both the loeaves and the flowers, which are thought to be a natural wormer and also have antibiotic properties. Birds will chew on and possibly consume plants in the course of play and curiosity. Chickens Sharing your kitchen scraps and leftovers with your flock is a great way to vary their diet, especially when winter has killed the grasses and bugs they usually forage upon. Nasturtium not only attract bugs that eat the dreaded squash beetle larvae, the leaves and flowers are also edible for humans and make wonderful salad garnish. As you can see, the list of foods that chickens can eat is pretty epic! Most chickens are not picky eaters and will be thrilled if you offer them anything on this list. 1 Replies 1272 Views May 17, 2009, 13:15 by cathangirl : Plants and chickens Started by lou-b-lou on The Hen House 6. Plants for chickens Started by sarahab on The Hen House. Ensure your chickens do not have ready access to such plants, especially if you are free ranging your chickens… Chickens are foragers. Chickens also need shade so they can avoid overheating during hot summer days. While humans would have to eat about a kilogram of leaves to reach lethal doses of 15-30 grams (depending on their weight and overall health), lower doses can still cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. By Luvachicken, October 11, 2014 in Chickens, Eggs and Hatching. Your hens will also eat dandelion, comfrey, sorrel, horseradish, aloe vera and dock leaves if desperate. Some chickens eat elderberries with no ill effects, although these are said to be toxic. I hope this article has given you a clearer understanding of the weeds, herbs and flowers best used for chicken health. Since it starts to grow earlier than many other annuals, its leaves can provide an early treat and a vitamin boost for chickens, rabbits, goats, cows and sheep. Reply to this topic; Start new topic; Recommended Posts. Can chickens eat geraniums ? A blog about keeping life simple: raising chickens, gardening, canning, decorating and foods Overwintering Geraniums Geraniums Garden Potted Geraniums What Can Chickens Eat Keeping Chickens Raising Chickens Container Flowers Container Plants Container Gardening It isn't a new fad or the latest fashion, and you will be surprised just how many flowers you can eat in salads, soups, puddings and dishes. This handout catalogues many of the indoor and outdoor plants that are considered safe for birds. Although these omnivorous birds can eat the vast majority of the foods that we eat, there are some definite foods that chickens shouldn’t eat. Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) self-seeds copiously and comes up in dense mats. Chickens, pigs, cows, horses, sheep and goats also can benefit from eating dried stinging nettle. They flourish in a rich environment where they’re surrounded by plant life, where they can peck around and explore. 2 Replies 917 Views May 31, 2014, 13:03 by Sassy : what plants are chickens not able to eat Started by craig1981 on The Hen House. Some plants will just make a bird sick while others can kill them. 10 Edible Flowers you can Safely Eat Edible flowers have graced tables across cultures throughout the centuries.
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