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    • CommentAuthorvolka
    • CommentTimeSep 16th, 2009 2:35pm (Sep 16th 2009)
    Now that Autumn is here, the garden is full of rose hips and berries - all very lovely and attractive to look at. Can anyone tell me if there is anything I need to make sure the chickens don't get at because it's poisonous?
    • CommentTimeSep 17th, 2009 8:31am (Sep 17th 2009) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    That's a really good question - hens are supposed to know what is ok and what isn't for them, but ours will eat styrofoam balls so they maybe aren't the best at working out what is good food and what isn't...

    Apparently hens will mainly leave these plants alone (but they aren't poisonous to them):


    And these are plants that are supposed to be poisonous to hens (or at least, not good for them):

    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.)
    Mint, Purple (Perilla frutescens)
    Nicker Tree see Kentucky Coffee Tree
    Nightshade (Solanum spp.)
    Oleander (Nerium oleander L.)
    Ohio Buckeye (Aesculus glabra Willd.)
    Philodendron (Philodendron spp.)
    Pigweed (Amaranthus spp.)
    Poison Hemlock (Conium maculatum L.)
    Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans (L.) Kuntze)
    Poke (Phytolacca americana L.)
    Purple Mint (Perilla frutescens)
    Redroot see Pigweed
    Rhododendron (Rhododendron spp.)
    Rhubarb (Rheum rhaponticum L.)
    Squirrelcorn (Dicentra canadensis (Goldie) Walp.) see Dutchman's Breeches
    Staggerweed (Dicentra spp.) see Dutchman's Breeches
    St. Johnswort (Hypericum perforatum L.)
    Stink Weed see Jimson Weed
    Stump Tree see Kentucky Coffee Tree
    Sudan Grass (Sorghum vulgare var. sudanense Hitchc.)
    Summer Cypress see Fireweed
    Thorn Apple see Jimson Weed
    Tulip (Tulipa spp.)
    Water Hemlock (Cicuta maculata L.)
    White Snakeroot (Eupatorium rugosum Hout.)
    Wild Onion (Allium spp.)
    Yellow Sage see Lantana
    • CommentTimeSep 17th, 2009 8:36am (Sep 17th 2009)

    Keeper of the hens

    So basically, everything :p

    I would imagine if your hens were well fed and not starving, they'll be ok.
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 17th, 2009 1:41pm (Sep 17th 2009)
    I hope so...with my gardening talents, the green bits in our garden that aren't grass are ivy!
    • CommentTimeSep 17th, 2009 7:33pm (Sep 17th 2009)
    Neil over here a lot of styrofoam is actually made of starch. Do you think that might be why the girls eat it there? When I ran food banks we used to point out to people that they can eat the non-plastic 'styrofoam peanuts' in an emergency situation.
    • CommentAuthorvolka
    • CommentTimeSep 18th, 2009 1:04pm (Sep 18th 2009) edited
    Thanks, Neil, at least I know what to plant the garden up with next year - having seen my irises, dicentra and comfrey all be razed to the ground this year!

    However, looking at the bad list, I have the following and they don't seem to have had an effect:

    Clover - our lawn is more clover than grass!
    Dutchman's Breeches (Dicentra) - chickens massacred it!
    Ivy - found in nearly every British garden, whether on purpose or not! Chickens have ignored it but I will keep an eye out for berries and remove them.
    Rhubarb - chickens loved this so much I had to dig it up and move it to the front of the house.
    St. Johnswort - huge shrub of this but I normally cut it back after flowering so no berries there.
    Tulip - the little b****rs dig up all the garden bulbs and kick them around like footballs - now removed.

    I did discover that bindweed (convolvulus/morning glory) was the cause of Rosie's bound crop - makes sense - so that gets pulled up regularly.

    We get a lot of acorns - anyone know about those?
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeSep 18th, 2009 3:00pm (Sep 18th 2009)
    Holy cow Neildid you eated a garden book???:rules:
    An excellent list of no nos there to help out the hen owners, well done.:hurray:
    I had best remove all that 'hemp' I have growing if we plan to keep hens.:sifone:
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 18th, 2009 5:38pm (Sep 18th 2009) edited
    Posted By: Trevs MumI had best remove all that 'hemp' I have growing if we plan to keep hens

    But where will your writer's inspiration come from then, Julie? :D
    • CommentTimeSep 18th, 2009 7:41pm (Sep 18th 2009)
    Like Volka's hens, the ones that I know have had a peck at clover several times and it hasn't had an obviously bad effect on them. Though I'll try to shift any that's growing near the fence so they don't reach it in future if it is supposed to be a problem.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeSep 19th, 2009 9:48am (Sep 19th 2009)
    CC from 'ere :drunk::cheers2::drinkparty:
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 19th, 2009 4:56pm (Sep 19th 2009)