Yellow Starthistle and chicken tractors

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by poltroon, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. poltroon

    poltroon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2008
    California (North Coast)
    I was visiting a friend who has had great success ridding her pastures of mustard by putting her chicken tractor over it. This has me thinking about Yellow Starthistle, which is a nasty weed that is toxic to horses (but palatable to goats and sheep). I have not been able to find any information about chickens and star thistle - pro or con. What I see suggests that it's probably not toxic to chickens since the comment is "only horses". Obviously, if so, I can do the experiment to find out if they'll eat it or otherwise eradicate it for me.

    Anyone ever try it?
  2. Tam'ra of Rainbow Vortex

    Tam'ra of Rainbow Vortex Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2009
    Rogue Valley, S. Oregon
    Mine haven't tried to eat it, and there is one growing right outside their coop. But they do range over a third of an acre, so my guess is other things taste better.

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