Feeding Flowers, two in particular

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Maidservant, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. Maidservant

    Maidservant Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My mom cleaned out her flower bed today and wanted to know if Larkspur and/or irises are ok to feed to the chickens. When they get out they eat them down to the ground, one more reason why ours stay in a pen... I just didn't want to give it to them on purpose if it isn't good for them.

    Thanks,
    Emily

    PS - No I do not have scientific names, my mom is the flower person.
     
  2. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Larkspur is a common name for either delphiniums or their closely related sisters, Consolida.

    These plants are toxic. In fact, Texas A & M says that delphinium species are, "second only to locoweeds in livestock poisonings in Western U.S." :eek:

    I don't know about iris . . . .

    Steve
     
  3. Maidservant

    Maidservant Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Alrighty! That's why I like to check with people here first. I'll just throw them onto the compost pile.

    Thanks!
     

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