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What? Chickens can't eat clover?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by americanvalkyrie, Feb 7, 2012.

  1. americanvalkyrie

    americanvalkyrie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The March/April issue of Chickens (Hobby Farms) has an article on safetly free ranging your chickens in your yard. A sidebar has a list of toxic plants. Most of these make sense...

    Buckeye
    Buttercup
    Clover
    Fireweed
    Foxglove
    Ground Ivy
    Hemlock
    Hemp
    Hyacinth
    Hydrangea
    Japanese Yew
    Jimson Weed
    Kentucky Coffee Tree
    Lantana
    Larkspur
    Lily-of-the-Valley
    Lupine
    Milkweed
    Purple Mint
    Nicker Tree
    Nightshade
    Ohio Buckeye
    Oleander
    Philodendron
    Rhododendron
    Rhubarb
    Saint-John's-wort
    Sudan Grass
    Tulip

    But clover??? That's safe for human consumption, unlike all of the others. I've read several posts where members recommend giving clover to their chickens, and my front lawn is full of it during the summer. Can anyone clarify this for me?
     
  2. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    Mine ate clover without any ill effects.......not all the stuff on the list is toxic. It would be toxic if that is all you feed day in and day out. Past threads have revealed how people let chickens sample their own way in the yard.
     
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  3. cravenchx

    cravenchx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OOPS, I better go tell mine they can't have anymore![​IMG]
     
  4. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    If they have not been sick or suffered ill effects, I would let them decide whats good and not good.
     
  5. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens


    exactly.

    Anything in large amounts is not good for anyone. They need a balanced diet.
     
  6. BobBry

    BobBry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I , IN MY PREVIOUS IGNORANCE , PLANTED ALTERNATING ROWS OF CLOVER AND ALFALFA EARLY LAST SUMMER. (JUNE IN MICHIGAN). MY YOUNG CHICKENS, HATCHED 1ST WEEK OF APRIL, DIDN'T START REALLY CHOWING ON THEM TILL LATE FALL. BY GROUND FREEZING, DECEMBER THIS YEAR, THEY HAD LEFT ONLY ROOTS. ALSO, THERE USED TO BE A LARGE RHUBARB PLANT RIGHT OUTSIDE THE POP DOOR TO THE RUN. THAT IS GONE TO A DEPTH OF 5-6 ". I HAVE 5 HENS. ALL STILL IN GOOD HEALTH APPARENTLY. I AGREE THAT IN GREATER QUANTITIES THE LISTED PLANTS COULD BE HARMFUL.
     
  7. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens


    Why the Capslock?
     
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  8. Clay Mudd

    Clay Mudd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens are just doomed! Clover's bad for them, alfalfa's bad for them, regular feed has them thar evil GMOs in it, organic feed has hippie cooties...

    You just can't win!
     
  9. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    There are many species of clover. It could be that one particular species may be bad for poultry. I've never heard of one, but given that there are many species I suppose it's possible. Most are very good poultry feed.
     
  10. mohillbilly

    mohillbilly Chillin' With My Peeps

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