Feeding weeds to chickens??

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Superchick, Jun 18, 2008.

  1. Superchick

    Superchick Hatching

    Jun 18, 2008

    Im very new to chickens. I recently bought 20 Rhode Island Reds. Wow what nice friendly chickens! Anways, my question is about weeds. I have been doing a lot of weeding and have been thowing them into my chickens outside area. They seem to love them as they gobble them up all of the time. The only thing is some of them have prickles on them. Is this bad for them? The weeds do not have pesticide or anything like that. In the last month 2 of my chickens have died? Thanks for the advice!
  2. Finn

    Finn In the Brooder

    Apr 22, 2008
    Burnett County , Wi
    Someone on the forum here will eventually give you more sound advice...but if you're not sure or wary of the weeds,I'd toss em into the compost pile just to be sure,thee only greens I feed mine are fresh grass you pull from the side of the coop/run or ?,and dandelion greens which my yard has buckets of.
  3. Anny

    Anny Songster

    Apr 24, 2008
    Detroit Michigan
    As long as you know what the weed is, and you know it's not a poison plant, feed it. If you are unsure, compost it.
  4. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

    Jan 11, 2007
    what my birds do not choose to eat on their own while foraging , I do not give them unless I am VERY sure about it. There are several weed seeds that are toxic... see here:

    As far as composting, I dont take any chances on them reappearing so I dont throw them on my compost heap.

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