So our yard is TOTALLY overrun with spreading pellitory http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parietaria_judaica, which the chickens absolutely love eating. My husband has become recently paranoid about the allergenic qualities of the pellitory, so wants to entirely eradicate it from our yard (which is funny, because I am the one who is usually excessively concerned about health and safety issues in our yard...). The plan is to dig it all up, over and over and over again for years until it is somewhat under control. My questions are: 1) Is there any reason not to feed it to the chickens as we dig it up? My husband thinks we should just get it out of the yard and into the yard waste bin - not compost it or feed it to the chickens. 2) There is a small amount growing under our deck that can not be easily dug up, so my husband is considering using a spot treatment of roundup (pull the plant off as much as possible, then paint the round up on the stump that is left). The chickens would never free range under the deck (it is closed off so they can't get under it), and our kids would never go under there either for that matter... How much of a concern would overspray, etc be if he carefully painted it on the stumps? I am hoping contamination of surrounding bodies of water (like the Pacific Ocean...) will not be a concern based on the very small amount we are planning on using. The rainy season is just about over here, so it should be dry for the next 4 or 5 months. 3) Should we spread corn gluten meal over the major problem areas after we dig it up and before the rains start this coming winter to reduce reseeding? Corn gluten meal should be safe for free ranging chickens, correct?