Hi all, first time poster, so I hope this is the best forum for the topic..I wasn't sure where it fit best.
I've never raised chickens before, but me and my wife are looking into getting started somewhat soon.
My question is whether or not nightshade is a big concern for chickens. Our back yard has tons of silverleaf nightshade, which I understand is toxic.
Does anyone have experience with chickens that have access to nightshade? I would be building a coop with enclosed run, but I was hoping to be able to let the hens roam around the garden while I'm out there working. Will the chickens stay away from the nightshade or would I have to seclude them to the run? I could clear the run area of all nightshade and keep a close eye on it to make sure it doesn't come back.
I don't know, is a backyard plagued with nightshade a deal breaker for having chickens? The weed is all over the place where I live, and I know there are other people in the area that raise chickens, so I can't imagine it's a huge problem. But I don't want to bring in any birds until I know for sure.