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post #11 of 13

RoundUp?

are you serious?

surely the buttercup is better for the chickens than Round Up.

I noticed this comment was posted in 2009 so hopefully the person who posted it is aware by now that Round Up has been proven to cause Cancer and there are many lawsuits in effect right now.

 

Please, do NOT apply herbicides or pesticides to areas where your chickens are living and grazing. 

post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by gritsar View Post

I've been letting mine run around outside since they were 2 1/2 weeks old.  Now as adults they go anywhere they want on 80 acres. 

I have yet to have a chicken poisoned from eating something they shouldn't have and believe me, the so-called poisonous plants are here - along with the mushrooms.

They don't eat them. 

I don't add poisons to my lawn.

ETA:  My garden area, the chickens main area, was full of buttercup this spring.  No problems.

Same here, I'm in my 60s and our chickens have always free ranged. I feed them leftovers from the kitchen but other than that they find their own food and I've never seen a chicken die from eating a poisonous plant
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If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.
If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it. 
Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once!
A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.
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post #13 of 13

thank you for easing my mind. I am just getting started building my coop and run and yesterday I realized that the entire area where they will be in and out of the run is buttercup. That is why I searched for this thread--I didn't want to do all that work and then find that I have to tear out the entire lawn. I battle buttercup in all my gardens and this one spot is the only place I have just let it go. I will tear up everything under where the run will be because I don't want the buttercup to be the only thing growing in their run, and maybe I'll just put some grass seed there to replace it so the chickens have something to pull on (until it's all torn out). My intuition tells me a chicken naturally knows what it should and shouldn't eat but there is a LOT of info on the internet warning people not to feed their chickens buttercup. Maybe it's different if the plant has been pulled and given to them, as opposed to them seeing it growing naturally, whether or not they recognize it as harmful.

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