LuckysMum ..... that is a lot of good info. in the red part here. And now we know why W.A. don't want sugar mulch in the State.
The mention of Mimosa made me sit up and take notice ( and the do the google bit ), as my grandmother used to grow it - it was one of her many special delights in the garden. We children, were not allowed to touch it, presumably because the leaves fold up when touched, and she didn't want us to use it as a play thing ( as kids would do ). And to think it has become a weed !! Nana loved the little coloured balls of fluff that were the flowers, and the fern like leaves. ( also called the 'sensitive plant' ).
That is sad, as it is an interesting plant. Does not say specifically that it is poisonous to chickens or animals, but it does contain some toxic components, along with some rare and unusual chemical type elements ( found mainly in the roots ).
Wishing you success with the next lot of hatching eggs you have ( and way many more pullets ).
Since then, careful consideration had been given to dealing with the sugarcane mulch problem.”
Mimosa pudica, often known as common sensitive plant, has sharp prickles that can inhibit grazing and cause painful wounds.
I thought maybe the prickles, as it says it can inhibit grazing because of the painful wounds the prickles inflict. Maybe that's why your Nana didn't want you playing with it.
Come to think of it I used the mulch in my front garden and had a funny weed grow that I had never seen before I didn't think it was from the mulch, but after reading the agric dept notes, it could very easily have come from the sugar cane mulch.
Just goes to show we can't trust that everything that's recommended for gardens/pets is actually any good at all. Again we have to do our research.
Thanks for the kind wishes (more pullets).