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Feeding chickens weeds

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by red020305, Aug 14, 2008.

  1. red020305

    red020305 Hatching

    Jul 21, 2008
    Can I feed my 10 & 11 week old chickens weeds that I pull out? The whole weed or do I have to cut the tops off?
  2. pkeeler

    pkeeler Songster

    Jul 20, 2008
    You can feed weeds. I don't know if every weed out there is chicken edible. The major ones, like dandelion, plaintain, crab grass are. You could feed it whole. Chickens won't eat parts they don't like. However, if you plan on using your litter in the garden, I wouldn't put weed stems on it.
  3. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    Be sure to give them the root ball, too. They'll peck at the dirt and get grit and maybe even a few bugs.
  4. digitS'

    digitS' Songster

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    The first time I went out searching for mushrooms in the hills, I told a knowledgeable friend that I was a little worried because I didn't really know the bad mushrooms. He asked me if I had a good idea of what the morels I was going after looked like. I said that I did. He said, "Well, that's all that's necessary."

    It would be wise to know what you are throwing in a chicken pen. There's very little danger associated with feeding chickens the weeds that we ourself can eat, if'n we wanted to.


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