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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Do Not Feed Avocado to your Chickens and others

Innocent looking foods can be deadly to chickens and other animals.

Avocado & Wholemeal Bread
This avocado (top right of photo) may look like a nice leftover treat to give to your chickens but please DON’T!

Avocado is mildly toxic to your chickens and feeding the skin and/or pit will possibly cause your chicken to suffer symptoms ranging from mild gastrointestinal discomfort to vomiting, respiratory distress and in severe cases death. 

Caged birds are more susceptible to illness but I don't take any chances with my free range chickens. I figure it's better to be safe than sorry and do not give my chickens avocado.
And, think your cat might like it too? - NO, even if they do, wrong again, don't give it to your cat.

I read somewhere that Cats get very sick on avocados too especially if they are lactating. Avocado can cause necrosis and hemorrhage of mammary gland epithelium. It's the toxic fatty acid persin that apparently does the damage.

Even cattle, horses, pigs, sheep, budgerigars, canaries, turkeys, fish are susceptible and the list goes on. Remember my blog post on horses not being able to vomit up bad foods, well what foods might seem yummy and healthy for us humans may not be good for our chickens, dogs and cats. 

If you are not 100% sure then don't give it to your animals - better safe than sorry.

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