Are burdock leaves safe for chickens

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by acerguy, Nov 8, 2010.

  1. acerguy

    acerguy Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 8, 2010
    So this morning while checking in on the little cluckers I happened to grab a couple of big burdock leaves to throw in the run. I had been giving them other greens from the garden but now that we've had some hard frosts there isn't much left EXCEPT for grass and burdock. Anyhow, they devoured them right up. Then something in the back of my head suggested that burdock wasn't a good thing to eat. Did a little googling and it shows up on at least one list of TOXIC things for burds. Not sure if they were referring to the leaves, the roots, or both. Yet I also read a couple of post on here about people giving it to their chickens. Anybody have any experience with this? Thanks!
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2010
  2. kla37

    kla37 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2010
    Hillsborough, NC USA
    Mine love leaves from my bloody dock plants.

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