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Native plants and chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Bluestem, Nov 9, 2017.

  1. Bluestem

    Bluestem Chirping

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    I plan on putting my coop and run in what was previously a native plant garden. There's still plenty of plants growing in there, though they've wound down for the winter. My question is, does anyone know if any of these plants are harmful to chickens? If so, I'll dig them up and move them outside of the run. I know the chickens will probably dig and peck them to death, I just don't want my birds to be harmed by it.

    Here's the species I grow:
    Purple coneflower
    Pale purple coneflower
    Grey-headed coneflower
    Butterfly weed
    Anise Hyssop
    False blue indigo
    Royal catchfly
    Great blue lobelia
    Leadplant
    Golden Alexander
    New Jersey tea
    Rattlesnake master
    Nodding Onion
    Bee Balm
    Cup Plant
    Liatris
    Prairie Dropseed
    Little bluestem
    and some gooseneck

    Thanks for any help!
     
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  2. mesafox101

    mesafox101 Chirping

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    i could be wrong but i think they are ok but i would get further confurmation
     
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  3. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging 7 Years

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    Check about the butterfly weed and lobelia. I'm not a botanist!!! Mary
     
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  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member 5 Years

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    Chances are they'll dig/scratch them enough to kill them before they can eat enough to harm them.

    If you want to keep any of those plants you'd better move them before chickens are introduced.
     
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  5. MilburnCreek

    MilburnCreek Chirping

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    Oh, the False Indigo and Bee Balm will definitely hurt them...please dig them up and ship them to me ASAP! :lol:
     
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  6. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road 5 Years

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    Here's the species I grow:
    Purple coneflower
    Pale purple coneflower
    Grey-headed coneflower
    Butterfly weed
    Anise Hyssop
    False blue indigo
    Royal catchfly
    Great blue lobelia
    Leadplant
    Golden Alexander
    New Jersey tea
    Rattlesnake master
    Nodding Onion
    Bee Balm
    Cup Plant
    Liatris
    Prairie Dropseed
    Little bluestem
    and some gooseneck


    The ones on your list that I've moved to the right are highly suspect. IMO, Purple cone flower and Bee balm are ok. My birds don't touch Liatris. I don't know any of your other plants. Generally, any plant that has white sap is suspect. (go figure that statement, I love dandelion greens!) I think I'd want to do a google search on each of your plants and see what is said about their toxicity.
     
  7. Bluestem

    Bluestem Chirping

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    :D Hey, I plan on starting up my own nursery, so maybe this spring I'll actually have some baby plants to ship!
     
  8. Bluestem

    Bluestem Chirping

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    A good guide! Thank you! After double checking one of my books, it looks like milkweeds are definitely poisonous (duh, I should've known! Of course monarch caterpillars eat them to become toxic to predators! :rolleyes:)
     
  9. Bluestem

    Bluestem Chirping

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    Digging is underway! Of course, some of these plants I wouldn't mind if they destroyed. lol
     

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