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Two questions from this newbie chicken mom

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First, is it okay to feed chickens acorns?

Second, Our chicken enclosure has three sides (12x10x12). We added growing soil on the exterior of the fence at the base of the three sides. I would like to plant something that would grow up and through the fence that the girls can nibble on. Suggestions?
(We live in Michigan)
Thank you!
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You can feed acorns to chickens as long as you crack them open. They contain a poison called tannis. Different oak trees contain different amounts of the stuff but it can be removed by cracking them open and letting the acorns soak. Pour out the water every so often and repeat the process until the water runs clear. After this the acorns are ready to be eaten but should be fed in moderation because there is a lot of fat in them.

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You can plant any type of peas, melon, grapes, roses, lettuce. Just about anything you plant for you plant a bit too close to the run so they can eat the leafs that grow through. Mine eat everything. .
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