chicken management
food: undesirable
There are a number of plants and foods that are poisonous to chickens and should not be fed to them.    There is also a larger number of plants and food that are potentially unhealthy or even harmful to chickens but can be feed to your chickens at least in small doses.


Below is a list of plants poisonous to chickens courtesy of The plants marked with an # are plants that are found in my backyard.

  • Bloodroot
  • Bull Nettle
  • Bracken
  • Bryony
  • Carelessweed
  • Castor Bean
  • Cocklebur
  • Curly Dock #
  • Daffodil #
  • Delphinium
  • Elderberry
  • Fern #
  • Foxglove #
  • Ground Ivy
  • Hemlock
  • Horse Chestnut
  • Horse Radish
  • Hyacinth #
  • Hydrangea #
  • Ivy #
  • Laburnum (seed)
  • Lamb's Quarters #
  • Lantana
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Nightshade (Also called Deadly Nightshade) #
  • Rhododendron #
  • St. Johns Wort
  • Tulip #
  • Water Hemlock (Cicuta maculata L.)
  • Yew

As is a British website I am not even sure that all the plants on this list are even in Australia, plus there are undoubtedly other plants that could be added to this list. To be absolutely sure which plants in your backyard are poisonous to your chickens you should consult a local poultry website or club.