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Nightshade Poisonous for Chooks?

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I am planning on building a new run to keep chicks in for the first month with a warm brooder attached to it. The location I had in mind is covered in what I believe to be nightshade. It looks exactly like photos online. No berries, just leafy plants with flowers. The plants are only about 3-5 inches tall and are growing in sand. So, I've started weeding it all out by hand so none will grow back. 

 

As I was weeding a few days ago my chooks noticed what I was doing and suddenly took a great fancy to eating the leaves when before they went completely unnoticed. A few days later the plants are only stems and my chooks are not acting sick or ill in any way. I not sure what all this means, as I thought it was bad for them. Maybe the berries are only poisonous to chooks? 

 

I'm hoping someone can shed some light on this for me. Thanks!

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I also have nightshade here, and my birds have eaten some without harm.  It's really an attractive plant, but fortunately easy to pull out.  I bag it up and get rid or it, although nobody has been ill over it here.  I'm not trying any myself!!!  The seeds last a long time, and sprout here when we disturb the soil.  Mary

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Thankfully chickens and humans are two completely different animals.  By the way Strychnine is a tonic for sick poultry not so much for you or I. 

Keep your chickens safe from predators, buy and wear fur. 
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Keep your chickens safe from predators, buy and wear fur. 
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