Purslane anyone?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by utahmethodist, May 26, 2008.

  1. utahmethodist

    utahmethodist Songster

    Mar 7, 2008
    SLC, UT
    I'm reading In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan right now and he mentions that purslane (the weed or garden green depending on your POV) is exceedingly high in omega-3 fatty acids. So I'm thinking this would be a great thing to feed the pullets when they start laying. Anybody here feed their chickens purslane? I might start eating it myself!
  2. digitS'

    digitS' Songster

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    I can't remember feeding it specifically to my chickens but they get quite a variety of weeds thru the growing season.

    I eat it myself [​IMG]. Purslane is a rather opportunistic annual weed in my garden and can carpet the ground. It has a rather lemony taste and I nibble on it while weeding. I consider it "just desserts" for the invasion [​IMG].

    Omega-3, you say?

  3. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

    May 6, 2007
    Columbia Gorge, OR
    Comfrey, which is as rich in protein as soybeans, can be used for any poultry or livestock as a supplemental feed. It grows rapidly and can overtake areas if you're not careful. The honeybees absolutely love the flowers on it. Comfrey is kinda fuzzy, so if you wilt it a little first, the animals are more receptive to it. Chickens really love it if you feed it to them when they are young, so they eventually fight eachother for it. Turkeys will eat it straight from the ground, though [​IMG] They go crazy for it.

    I need to add that you shouldn't use too much comfrey, just a little. It can be harmful to your animals if used in large quantities.
    Last edited: May 26, 2008
  4. apbgv

    apbgv Songster

    Jan 13, 2007
    I use to have some coming up near the house, lets just say it is no longer there the girls ate it like no tomorrow.
  5. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    I have one duck who loves comfrey. She was raised with it and the lady who gave her to me still visits and Minerva runs for her comfrey.

    The other ducks won't it, even wilted. They prefer Cheerios and watermelon. [​IMG]
  6. S0rcy

    S0rcy Songster

    I bought seeds and planted rows of purslane for the chickens this year. They love it
  7. digitS'

    digitS' Songster

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    Returning once again to comfrey:

    James P. Collman, Professor of Chemistry, Stanford University says this about comfrey, ". . . according to the FDA, between 1985 and 1993 at least seven cases of hepatic veno-occlusive disease (which causes obstruction of blood flow from the liver with potential scarring) resulted from the use of commercially available comfrey products. These complications are caused by pyrrolizidine alkaloids, toxic substances found in comfrey. . . Tests on animals have shown that the pyrrolizidine alkaloids in comfrey may also cause pulmonary, kidney, and gastro-intestinal pathologies, as well as cancer. Due to these side-affects, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and Germany have restricted the use of comfrey products (including herbal teas made with comfrey) to use only under a physicianÂ’s prescription."

    And with regards to the protein found in comfrey:

    Researchers at the universities of Minnesota and Wisconsin report, "Three ounces of dried turnip greens or spinach, in comparison to 20 oz of dried comfrey, supply adults with the total daily requirement of all essential amino acids, except for methionine."

    Let's see . . . 3 ounces of spinach versus 20 ounces of comfrey . . . Do you really want to go with the comfrey??

  8. Mother Bird

    Mother Bird In the Brooder

    Feb 18, 2012
    Blue Ball, Pennsylvania
    I'm told that feeding it to your chickens, will increase the Omega 3 level in their eggs, to the point of rivaling the levels in fish!
  9. JoeStJohnIII

    JoeStJohnIII Hatching

    Dec 23, 2014
    Nokomis Florida
    The one layer of my two hens loves purslane.

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