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mamm7215

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We are now officially new members but have been reading forums for knowledge for a long time... About a year. This site is awesome! We just got our new ladies 2 days ago and thanks to all your posts things are going well. Three 8 week old cuckoo marans and one 4 week old barred rock. (The little one is still in the house for the night in a dag carrier, it's too cold in the coop for her) starting to put the garden barriers up but I do have one important question..... Will they try to eat the rhubarb ? I know the leaves are toxic to humans and the patch is way on the other side of the yard. Should I fence this off too or will they leave it alone?
 

drumstick diva

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I'm sorry I don't know the answer to your question - responders coming after me probably will. I would rather be safe than sorry, so I would fence the rhubarb off from the chickens.
I wouldn't count on birds knowing what is toxic or not.

You could put "Is Rhubarb poisonous to chickens" in the search box and see what comes up
 

TwoCrows

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Welcome to BYC!

Yes, rhubarb is toxic to chickens, but they have to eat a lot of it to get sick. Generally if they are not starved for food, they won't eat things that can harm them. However to be on the safe side, I would do away with the rhubarb myself. I dug up several prized plants when I got my chickens as I just couldn't take the chances with my flock.

Great to have you aboard and welcome to our flock!
 

Kelsie2290

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Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! X4 I would fence it off, even if they don't eat it, they will probably damage to the bed itself scratching around the plants.
 

mamm7215

Chirping
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Apr 15, 2014
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Surrey, British Columbia
Thank you everyone! Yes looks as though once the big run gets finished this weekend I'll be setting up the garden fences EVERYWHERE :D. Sheesh it's only been 4 days and I'm already a neurotic chicken mom. ( little airya is now in the house as she is only 5 weeks old and it is only 9 degrees centigrade outside at the daily high) the 9 week old girls are fine with no heat but wasn't sure about the little barred rock.
 

Duckopolis

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Good luck with your poultry raising adventures, and I hope you find everything you need to know. I'm sure you have learning a lot from this site! There is always something new to learn! Glad to have you here! See you around with the flock.
 

cstronks

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Welcome to BYC!! I agree with you, BYC is probably the best place for chicken information online. This site was actually my inspiration for raising chickens in my backyard. After a lot of reading on this forum, I pitched the idea to my parents, and when they asked me where I got all of the information, I gave them the generic answer of "internet". You can honestly learn anything about chickens here!
 
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