Livestock

Plants poisonous to poultry

Poultry can be susceptible to poisons, including certain common plants. These include:

  • Black nightshade
  • Castor bean
  • Clematis
  • Corn cockle
  • Henbane
  • Laburnum seeds
  • Meadow buttercup
  • Most irises
  • Oleander
  • Potato sprouts
  • Privet
  • Ragwort
  • Rapeseed
  • Rhododendron
  • Rhubarb leaves
  • Some fungi
  • St. John’s Wort
  • Sweet pea
  • Vetch
  • Yew

Fortunately, most birds will avoid these plants by nature.

Blue-green algae can be quickly fatal, so don’t allow access to stagnant water and ensure that water containers are kept clean, especially in hot weather.           

Obviously, chemicals such as rodenticides, herbicides, fungicides and insecticides will generally be bad for birds so keep them safely locked out of harm’s way and used with care, if you must use them at all.

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About Rosemary Champion

Rosemary lives on a 12 acre smallholding in Angus, in the east of Scotland, where she keeps Ryeland Sheep, Shetland cattle and assorted poultry. She was destined to be a smallholder from an early age.

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