Dandelion Control

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Chazwork, Apr 18, 2017.

  1. Chazwork

    Chazwork In the Brooder

    Apr 21, 2012
    Our yard is divided into 5 areas, each divided from the other by fences. There's the dogs area by the house, the area around the coop. The free range area for the chickens, the garden area, and the area out side all the fences. This year as my wife and I sat swinging on our back porch, I noticed that there were no dandelions in the free range area of our yard. there are lots outside of all the fences, there are several in the dogs area and the garden area, but only a couple in the free range area. Keep in mind, I don't put chemicals on any of these areas because I don't want chemicals in my food, dogs or chickens. Chemicals are bad news for all! Do chickens eat every dandelion seed that falls? If they do then I am thinking about turning my chickens loose on the rest of my yard. Not the garden, they like the kale, zucchini, and tomatoes too much. I mean the free range area of my yard looks like I had it treated! Who knew that could be a side effect from free ranging chickens!

  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Free Ranging Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    I don't know about them eating every seed that falls, but mine like to eat those pretty yellow flowers, so no seeds should develop.
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    My guess is that they are eating the dandelion greens as they grow. They will not get to the flower stage, they are gone before that.

    If you toss them some of the yellow dandelion flowers they will probably eat them and turn the egg yolks even darker. It really doesn’t make the eggs any more nutritious, but I just like those darker yolks.

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