My yard is covered in the young pokeweed. My chickens ate some and last night (2 days after eating it) I found one of my breeder GLW dead. She was fine that morning, sitting in the corner sunning her self. I don't know if the pokeweed killed her or what. I am so upset. My kids are older, teenagers, and don't go around picking berries and eating them. I don't know what to do with all the pokeweed
Poke is a perennial. Only way to get rid of it is to dig the roots, and they are huge. Must get them all.
Roundup will work to some extent when under two feet high.
The shots under six inches are said to be edible, but I've never eaten it.
My chickens avoid it and the berries, but wild birds eat the berries and spread the seeds.
I don't know how much it takes to be poisonous as opposed to sick, but I was taught from a young age not to eat it. I also cut off a lot of plants with a machete or sickle.