Is Arugula OK for chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by lengel, May 19, 2008.

  1. lengel

    lengel Songster

    Apr 30, 2008
    It has such a strong flavor that I wonder if it has something in it that isn't good for some species. However, it is taking over my mesclun greens and I would love to be able to feed it to someone . . .
  2. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    I'd try feeding it to them and see if they eat it and wouldn't worry about the strong flavor.

    I've noticed that our flock all have different tastes, individually. Some of them like dandelion greens, others don't. Some like the dandelion flowers, others dont...

    Hope this helps!

  3. digitS'

    digitS' Songster

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    lengel, arugula is just exactly one of those garden veggies I'd be suspicious of . . . the primary reason - - I don't like it [​IMG]!

    I was a little startled to learn that arugula is a brassica. (Note all the admonitions about toxic nature of brassicas, especially grown under certain conditions.) I finally got to looking at it as a "radish" and realized that it is sorta like eating radish leaves.

    Hey! I've got better tasting radish leaves in my garden right now!!

    Okay, lengel, what I'd do is not "force" the hens to eat it . . . you know, pile it in the run and give them zero choice. Out of sheer boredom . . . who knows what they might do :eek:!

    I doubt if it will hurt them but it just nearly brings tears to my eyes thinking that they'd be given arugula while tender mâche or sweet butterhead lettuce is just beyond their reach . . . . [​IMG]


    edited to say . . . and leave the horseradish greens completely OUT of the run, thank you very much indeed!
    Last edited: May 19, 2008
  4. SeaChick

    SeaChick Songster

    Apr 25, 2007
    Southern Maine
    Ha ha, this is funny. I just thinned out my arugula and offered it to the big girls and the chicks. No one seemed too interested!! It must be too strong-smelling.
  5. Scarletpyxi

    Scarletpyxi In the Brooder

    Jun 23, 2012
    My Buff Orpington LOVES arugula and broccoli, and she has been fine eating it, the plants aren't fine anymore as a result but she certainly enjoys eating them whenever she gets the chance.
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