Wild onions

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by 4kidslotsapets, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. 4kidslotsapets

    4kidslotsapets Out Of The Brooder

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    Are wild onions ok for hens to eat? Our yard is full of them. I know onions are bad for cats and dogs, but didn't know how chickens feel about them!

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  2. ARose4Heaven

    ARose4Heaven Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. leenie

    leenie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens absolutely feast on my garden chives, both regular and garlic. Not quite wild onions but . . .
     
  4. jeremy

    jeremy CA Royal Blues

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    We have wild onions growing on the hillside of my bird's run, I always know when they've dug some up because the entire area will just reek of onion. [​IMG]
    I'm pretty sure they eat them and I haven't had any birds drop dead yet, so... [​IMG] Not to mention last year they destroyed my garlic before it ever even had a shot at becoming anything worthwile...

    As far as onions being part of the Nightshade family, I don't know how accurate that is. I know tomatoes, peppers and eggplant all are but I've never heard of onions being grouped with those plants. I could be wrong though.
     
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  5. ninjascrub69

    ninjascrub69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are not bad for chickens at all, they are actually beneficial. [​IMG]

    ETA: onions are not in the nightshade family [​IMG]
     
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  6. oaklandmama

    oaklandmama Out Of The Brooder

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    I know this post is a little old, but did you ever let your chickens clear the wild onions? Our yard is absolutely infested with them and I was thinking about letting our chickens eat them down when they all come up again. I've heard that they make the eggs taste funny, but wonder if that is a matter of quantity...
     

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