Poisonous plants are an issue, and my chickens have tried to eat everything in my yard at one time or another. The stuff they like, they eat everyday, the stuff they don't like I never see them try again. If you have poisoned plants, I would keep them out of areas where the chickens have access. I have a great book recommendation for you, "Free-Range Chicken Gardens", great book on plants and poultry.
I get attached to my birds, it's a character flaw that I have. Cha Cha was a good bird, she was the first to greet me everyday when I would go outside to do chores...and she was the first of that flock to mature and lay eggs. We always had poultry when I was growing up, ducks & chickens.
After I was married, I raised 13 turkeys when my daughter was less than a year old. Turkeys are such amazing birds, and they really are tuned into people. I won't go into all the stories, suffice it to say they are my favorite poultry. At any rate...fall came and we had to butcher, that was their purpose.
THAT WAS THE HARDEST thing I have ever done. That was over 20 years ago (my daughter is 24) and I will never forget it. They were meat birds, and I got too close to them. I knew each of them independently by sight, hard hard hard sadness that day. Those were the last birds that I had for many years, till I started this thread.
I much prefer layer hens to meat animals. Society is so sheltered, in my opinion. We've lost touch with what a food chain is and is not.
Sad statement as to what we have become...as a society. Too much do we let others do our dirty work.Edited by Rock Home Isle - 5/13/16 at 7:24pm