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can chickens eat weed seeds

I have friends & neighbors that are growers & caregivers. They grow some big plants up here & there are lots of leaves available at times. I have access to all they could possibly eat.
Anybody ever feed their chickens pot?

I don’t think any harm would come to them. The HTC (I think that’s the chemical) is mainly contained in the buds of the plant, which are present for a short time and they are generally higher up on the plant, therefore less likely to be eaten by the birds. And the chemical is only present in concentrated amounts for a very short time.


To answer the question you are thinking right now. No, I don’t smoke or grow but I also grew up in Northern CA and you tend to get educated there lol!

No, not the banana-looking fruit you find at the grocery. This type of plantain comes in leaf form and pops up in sandy soil.

If you’re interested in feeding weeds to your chickens for all the wonderful benefits, the easiest way to do that is to let them free range on your property. Chickens will naturally seek out weeds while they wander, and eat them to their heart’s content.

The most obvious benefit to feeding weeds to chickens is to save precious cash on chicken feed. The more your chickens can fill up on the free plants growing on your property, the less they’re eating of that expensive feed. Plain and simple!

4. Wood Sorrel/ Oxalis

When free ranging your chickens, be aware that they’ll likely take tastes of absolutely everything on your property, whether it’s a weed you’d like to get rid of or not!

Did you know you no longer have to grumble and groan when you find weeds popping out of the lawn?

This lovely plant is well loved by chickens and while usually not considered a weed, it certainly grows like one!

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The plant at this point starts to produce calcium carbonate. And whilst calcium is a must for laying hens, it can be dangerous for chicks and chickens under 18 weeks old. 

High in vitamins A and B complex and in niacin, potassium and iron, clover’s big claim to fame is protein. Like dandelions, it improves the digestive, circulatory and respiratory systems.

Clover: why not grow your own?

Not only that, but they’re prolific – there are very few gardens that don’t have dandelions!  What’s more, they’re one of the first weeds to appear in the early spring, and one of the last to disappear in winter. So your flock need never go wanting for the goodness of a dandelion!

All of them are stashed with vitamins and nutrients. And of course, unlike shop-bought vitamins and some other healthy treats, they’re free for you to pick!

It doesn’t keep well so only harvest as much as you need. 

Chickens love the entire plant: leaves, stem, flowers and root.