I'm looking for a natural way to fight the invasive weeds on the back half of my property, and I'm wondering if chickens could be the answer. I planted some fruit trees back there, but mostly it's just weed heaven. I'd love to improve the soil quality while getting rid of the weeds.
Creeping buttercup and tansy ragwort are two of the biggest culprits, and I've read contradicting information on the web. A big list of "plants that are toxic to chickens" mentioned both, but on several UK sites, I saw folks recommend using chickens to get rid of buttercup.
I certainly wouldn't want to get chickens, let them loose, and have them get sick.
What have your experiences been with invasive/poisonous weeds? Will the chickens eat around them? Destroy them with scratching and pecking?