Lily of the Valley: poisonous to chickens?

Asked June 15, 2017, 2:53 PM EDT

Hello there Experts!
We're raising poultry for the first time and they occasionally free range (though not too much because I prefer my hostas uneaten). A friend gave me some potted perennials, including the lovely, but toxic, lily of the valley. Will chickens try to eat this if I plant it? Would it be harmful to them? They seem to have some good instincts (never eat mushrooms, etc) but they're bird-brained after all and I don't want to put them in harm's way. Thank you very much for your time.

Kent County Michigan

1 Response

Yes, all parts of lily of the valley are toxic to chickens and pets. However, chickens aren't likely to eat them; whereas a goat or other larger farm animal might. But then, as you said, they are bird-brained! Here is some helpful information on lily of the valley and other poisonous plants:

Here is another consideration: Lily of the valley, if given decent growing conditions, spreads rapidly, often invading areas where you don't want it. Keep this in mind if you decide to plant it in an area you think your chickens won't reach.