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Deadly Nightshade!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by JerseyGiantfolk, Jan 12, 2012.

  1. JerseyGiantfolk

    JerseyGiantfolk Overrun With Chickens

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    My chickens love deadly nightshade! They devour ripe berries. I thought they'd get sick (because it's deadly) but instead they prefer it more than mustard plant and pumpkin seeds. Does anyone know if it has some sort of vitamins in it that help the chickens?
     
  2. CluckyJay

    CluckyJay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have that all over the place. The goats don't seem to touch it but the chickens have pecked it a few times. We have datura, too.
     
  3. JerseyGiantfolk

    JerseyGiantfolk Overrun With Chickens

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    They'll only eat the ripe berries just like ripe tomatoes
     
  4. flgardengirl

    flgardengirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sunny side up :)
    I've seen wild birds and even the chickens eat seeds from Datura which is poisonous and in the Solanaceae
    family. None ever seemed to have any problems. It must just pass through. I wouldn't go planting it in thier runs or anything though lol.
     
  5. JerseyGiantfolk

    JerseyGiantfolk Overrun With Chickens

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    Yeah! I wonder if it changes egg taste because I've still had their eggs and no problem. [​IMG]
     

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