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jesschocolate28

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What foods should chickens not eat...
« on: April 26, 2011, 18:49 »
A couple of hours ago i fed my 2 chickens about half a raw green bean in total, but a minute ago i read that it can kill them to eat raw beans:S please could someone tell me if this is true, and if so what i should do :'( also are there any other fruit or veg that chickens shouldnt eat? thanks.
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Re: What foods should chickens not eat...
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2011, 19:53 »
I wouldn't worry too much!  ;)

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Re: What foods should chickens not eat...
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2011, 20:33 »
From what I read on here chickens seem to be pretty good at avoiding food that is no good for them.  I have found that mine avoid lettuce so I stopped giving it to them.  They also tend to avoid onions, leeks and garlic.
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Re: What foods should chickens not eat...
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2011, 22:34 »
No avocados, citrus fruit (i think) or green potato peelings, some say rhubarb leaves either.

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Re: What foods should chickens not eat...
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2011, 05:51 »
My hens always eat green beans !!
Is this true that it is bad for them ? wooops :(
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Re: What foods should chickens not eat...
« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2011, 08:47 »
I would think that raw bean poisoning would be from dried seed, kidney beans etc.
I do not know that hens would be affected anyhow as many birds can safely eat berries and seed that are poisonous to mammals, better safe than sorry though.

Rhubarb leaves should not be fed to hens but if the hens escape and eat them do not panic as they do no harm in small amounts.
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Re: What foods should chickens not eat...
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2011, 09:54 »
Green beans do contain cyanide, this is why if you eat enough of them raw you will have an upset tummy, so I suspect the same applies to chooks if they eat enough of them, half of one I dont think will do any harm, I would cook them first tho to be totaly sure.
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Re: What foods should chickens not eat...
« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2011, 10:24 »
Lord, just seen this post..my chooks are always eating the rhubarb leaves in the garden. some seem to eat more tham others, but they're all 3/4 years old and happy as larry, laying an egg a day each so clearly hasn't done them too much harm!
I do know they don't like potatos!

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Re: What foods should chickens not eat...
« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2011, 18:31 »
my girls like cooked beetroot but boy did i get a shock later on when there was red poo every where...  is it ok for them to have the rhubarb sticks i have got tons in the garden or is that also bad for them too

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Re: What foods should chickens not eat...
« Reply #9 on: April 28, 2011, 21:51 »
chickens aint that dumb they cant taste whats they eating. now rat poison and slug pellets is another thing they are made to be tasty  :ohmy:

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Re: What foods should chickens not eat...
« Reply #10 on: April 29, 2011, 08:05 »
It suprises me how fast hens are at tasting food , in the beak two or three touches with their tongue and down the hatch or dropped. :)

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Re: What foods should chickens not eat...
« Reply #11 on: April 29, 2011, 08:36 »
There was a piece in the Guardian in Notes and queries about whether or not chickens have taste buds and what are their favourite foods - the answers were somewhat eclectic. Despite previous posts, mine love potatoes, onions, garlic and leeks and I had to fence off the rhubarb otherwise there'd have been none left to make wine!

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Re: What foods should chickens not eat...
« Reply #12 on: April 30, 2011, 04:37 »
Generally cook all veg including potatoes as they can't digest starch without it being boiled first.  I'm surprised at chx eating onions which has very little nutritional value.  Anything with seeds, apart from citrus fruits, are OK including melon and pumpkin seeds.
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jesschocolate28

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Re: What foods should chickens not eat...
« Reply #13 on: June 01, 2011, 18:45 »
thanks :) my chickens are great & were fine, although i will cook the beans next time just to be sure ;) maybe they can avoid wats bad for them, although mine obviously think everthing is good for them, as i saw minnie trying to eat a plastic bottle top :tongue2: anyway, thanks for helping guys i was really worried! minnie & bonnie are great  :lol: thanks!

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Re: What foods should chickens not eat...
« Reply #14 on: June 01, 2011, 20:24 »
Always ck potatoe skins, mine love all cooked peelings.
The only thing I think is poinonous is citrus and chocolaye.  My info says onion taints the meat, but you could always think of it as ready marinated!!

Mine love onions but they do get them in moderation



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