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I thought I read somewhere that they were. But I just read how chickens love them. I always pluck them out of the ground so the chickens dont eat them. Are they poisonous?

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I thought I read somewhere that they were. But I just read how chickens love them. I always pluck them out of the ground so the chickens dont eat them. Are they poisonous?


oh my gosh .. Dandilions are wonderful extreamly healthy for chickens and people the flowers the leaves and the stems are you for you..  add them to your  salad or to the chickens salad as extra goodies..  they have a bit of a bitter taste but not a yucky taste. good with a sweeter type of salad dressing.. for you.l as for the chickens.. they just love them...

here is some herbal usage info hope it helps.
Botanical Classification dandelion

Family
  

Asteraceae

Genus and specie
  

Taraxacum officinale
Other names

Taraxacum, foreign dandelion, wild endive, piss-a-bed, lion's tale or tooth as well as pu gong ying.
Description of the herb dandelion kruie-produkte-ageless-herbal-products

Dandelion is a perennial with a thick tap root. The saw-toothed leaves form a rosette at the base of the plant. Solitary, bright yellow flowers appear from spring to autumn. Ribbed fruits bearing tufts of fine, white hairs follow flowers. Dandelion is well known as a garden weed.
Parts used

The whole plant is used in herbal preparations - the leaves, roots and flowers.
Properties

Dandelion is a bitter-sweet, cooling herb that has diuretic, laxative effects. It also stimulates liver function, improves digestion and reduces swelling and inflammation.

It contains sesquiterpene lactones (tetrahydroridentin B and taraxacolide B-D-glucoside), phenolic acid derivative (taraxacoside), triterpenoids (taraxasterol and its derivatives), potassium and inulin.
Therapeutic uses hepatitis

    Internal use
        Dandelion is used internally for gall bladder and urinary disorders, jaundice, cirrhosis of the liver, dyspepsia and constipation, edema associated with high blood pressure and heart weakness.
        The bitter substance in the herb also stimulates digestion.
        In Chinese medicine it is used for lung and breast tumors, abscesses as well as hepatitis.
        The high content of inulin makes it useful for people with diabetes.
    External use
        Chronic joint and skin complaints including acne, eczema, psoriasis. It is used in facial steam, as well as face packs.
        Folklore recommends dandelion poultices for snakebite.
    Aromatherapy and essential oil use
        None noted.

Safety precautions and warnings jaundice

None noted.

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post #3 of 17

I've been giving mine large portions of dandelion flowers twice a day, petals chopped off the stem so they're loose, and my chicks LOVE them, screaming as though they were mealworms. I say go for it.

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post #4 of 17

I agree, dandelions are very healthy for most any animal that eats plants.  If you ever get a salad at a restaurant (and even in some salad packs) there are often dandelion greens in them, just most people don't realize it.  They are a good, healthy food.

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I eat Dandelion salad all the time!!! It's good! When collecting, there is a look-a-like... It honestly doesn't look much like a dandelion though... hu

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post #6 of 17

I think I have picky eaters. They turn their little noses up at dandelions. I just pull them up and toss the whole thing in there, roots, flowers, etc. Should I chop them first, or is there some other "preferred" method that my ladies will like?

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post #7 of 17

I like a good Dandelion wine

post #8 of 17

I eat dandelions and so do my chickens.

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post #9 of 17

Mine love dandelions.  I use a pair of scissors to quickly cut up into bite size pieces.

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post #10 of 17
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Wow! ep Here I've been, plucking them out of the ground thinking they were some deadly flower! lol

Thanks everyone! wee

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