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Black Locust and milkweed help

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by barb m, May 26, 2016.

  1. barb m

    barb m New Egg

    May 11, 2016
    HI! I'm a new chicken owner and am ready to put the girls out in the run. However I recently found out that the above two plants are unhealthy at best. I can cut and pull them, but is there anything I can do to kill them that would be safe for the chickens? They will probably grow back otherwise. The girls are 12 weeks old and just so much fun!

    Thank you!
  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Given enough space, your birds will ignore both plants, and focus on the good tasting stuff. Milkweed is the ONLY food plant for Monarch butterflies, who are struggling to survive. I actually encourage the plant for that reason, and nobody else eats it here. Black locust is considered a weed tree here, to be removed. I don't know about anywhere else. Mary
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  3. barb m

    barb m New Egg

    May 11, 2016
    Thank you Mary. I will remove the black locust and there aren't too many milk week plants in the actual run. I appreciate your information. Barb
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Just because a tree is considered a weed tree by some in some places....doesn't mean it's toxic or without merit.

    If it provides shade where needed for chooks, keep it.

    Said she who just wrestled with installing shade cloth(grrr) because there are no shade trees in run.
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