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I have zucchini' pumpkin , tomatoes, squash, and cucumbers in my garden. My question is when my harvest is done and I tear all the plants out and before I put the in the compost box can the chickens eat the leaves and stems. Are any of those plants hazardous to the chickens.
post #2 of 5

I always let the chickens have the run of the garden beds after harvest. No worries regardless of what was growing.

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Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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What about the thorny cucumber leaves and stems
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They can eat all that. Mine love cucumber and squash leaves, and of course the fruit. I wouldn't worry too much. Chickens are great about knowing what they can and can't eat. I have a compost pile, where I even dump discarded avocados (poisonous to chickens), and they stay clear of it. They eat what they want, and when the compost breaks down, they eat the bugs that come! Right now they are loving helping me turn a veggie bed.

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post #5 of 5

If they're thorny, they'll leave them alone. The best bet is not to worry.

NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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