a plant question....

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by joanna, Apr 30, 2008.

  1. joanna

    joanna In the Brooder

    Mar 9, 2007
    I know that chickens do their best to keep their run solid, packed dirt. however, i have an overabundance of wandering jew in my flower beds and am wondering if I can throw it to the chickens (perhaps crossing my fingers that it will embed itself in the run [​IMG]). I've seen it on the poisonous list somewhere but not on the poultry poisonous list. i have a solid green variety...smooth leaves, tiny little flowers in late summer.

    any ideas?
  2. Hi! Because the name of that plant is a nickname rather than the scientific name, would it be possible for us to see a pic of the plant you mean, or a link to one online? I think all of us have the same problem, local names for plants and animals often mean one thing where we live and another elsewhere...'m planning on spreading some white clover seeds near the edge of the run, and gowing peas, alfalfa, day lilies ( the orange heritage kind which are edible), nasturtiums, scarlet runners, flax and other goodies nearby to toss in.
  3. joanna

    joanna In the Brooder

    Mar 9, 2007
  4. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
  5. beefy

    beefy Flamingo Daddy-o

    Apr 21, 2007
    South Georgia
    wandering jew will take over wherever you throw it down. you will never get rid of it. ever. it will eat your chickens while they sleep.
  6. joanna

    joanna In the Brooder

    Mar 9, 2007
    YEAH! that's EXACTLY the answer I wanted. You guys are great at providing information and ideas.

    beefy...I know what you mean. last year I pulled 7 trash bags out of my front beds and this year you can't tell I pulled 1 little piece!

    thanks again!
  7. Anny

    Anny Songster

    Apr 24, 2008
    Detroit Michigan
    Oh man that stuff will take over anything. I don't think the chickens will be able to keep up with it, I agree with the person who said it will eat your chickens while they sleep...and then it will eat the coop.
  8. I know the plant you mean, it's used here to prevent soil erosion on slopes. Nice that it's great for chickens! I suppose it depends on whether you have a suitable place where it will be of use both as chick food and for soil control...[​IMG]
  9. BayCityBabe

    BayCityBabe Songster

    May 1, 2008
    Can I ask an unrelated question to this horticulturally inclined group?
    IF cedar chips are bad for chickens, is there a problem with them roosting in a cedar tree or playing in the cedar needles at the foot of the tree? My DH thinks we need to keep the tree & the chicks seperated.
    Do we?

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