Milkweed seed pods

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Ruth Ann, Aug 29, 2010.

  1. Ruth Ann

    Ruth Ann Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My big wild milkweed plants have huge seed heads
    I want to feed to the chicken. Are they ok...or are they toxic for the birds?
     
  2. jennh

    jennh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would not feed them to your chickens. I don't know whether they would eat them even if you gave it to them. Sometimes they instinctively know what they shouldn't eat. Mine NEVER eat poke, which I have lots of young seedlings of. I also DO have milkweed, and they never seem to go near it, so they might not even eat it. That being said, I wouldn't even try. [​IMG]

    Jen

    edited for spelling ;o)
     
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  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    If you google it, most the hits say toxic to birds. mildly toxic to animals. Can cause dermatitis.
    Sounds like it may not be a good idea.

    Imp
     
  4. Muggsmagee

    Muggsmagee Menagerie Mama

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    I don't have the answer to your question, but DO have a thought. The Monarch butterfly caterpillar eats the milkweed plant...the butterfly is poisonous to birds because of this. I would just think to keep my chickens away from milkweed (seeds and everything)...but would like to have that definitive answer also!

    I did however come across a blog that read that you can pick the tender shoots of the milkweed in the early spring, and fry them up in butter to eat! But I digress....
     
  5. Ruth Ann

    Ruth Ann Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I will leave them alone then...
    No need to take a chance.
    I have plenty of other snacks for them. [​IMG]
    Thanks
     
  6. nifty50chick

    nifty50chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for this post Ruth Ann,
    I had no idea [​IMG]
    My place is covered with them, i will be sure to remove any that my gang can access.
     

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