Can chickens eat thistle leaves?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Petra Pancake, Feb 23, 2017.

  1. Petra Pancake

    Petra Pancake Chillin' With My Peeps

    Our garden is beginning to sprout these big thistles again! I think they're called milk thistles. As I've got to rip them out anyway, can I feed them to the chickens or are they poisonous in any way? I'd cut off any hard thorns before feeding...

    Here's a picture from the internet:

    Last edited: Feb 23, 2017
  2. Colonel-Sanders

    Colonel-Sanders Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 24, 2017
    Hi, from what I gather chickens have no problem with eating milk thistles, however, if they are not free-range chickens then you can hang the thistles upside-down in their coop so that they can peck at them at their leisure.

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  3. Petra Pancake

    Petra Pancake Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks, will try that.

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