Plus I also have the goal to get a bee hive and I’ve heard sunflowers are a great source of pollen for bees. Beautiful pictures! Toxins in certain plants can cause serious harm to birds within the flock. As an added bonus, chickens who eat marigolds lay eggs with bright yellow yolks… Lacy pods of yellow flowers attract butterfly larvae and beneficial insects for chickens to eat. Calendula. The flowers come in different sizes and various shades of red, yellow and orange. Your free-range flock loves roaming into the garden and treating the marigolds, squash blossoms and dandelions like an all-you-can-eat salad bar. They have eaten alot of it, prickles and all. Although these omnivorous birds can eat the vast majority of the foods that we eat, there are some definite foods that chickens shouldn’t eat. 7. Already a Member? So, using them in your chicken coop, in nesting boxes, for example, will help repel bugs and keep them out of your nesting boxes. Most chickens are not picky eaters and will be thrilled if you offer them anything on this list. don't have an online Echinacea (or coneflower) flowers and seeds are excellent for improving respiratory health. Lacy pods of yellow flowers can attract butterfly larvae and beneficial insects. Your chickens can eat both the root crop and leafy greens, too. Good to know the flowers that are edible plus the nutritional information provided with them. Plants That Are Toxic To Chickens – Listed below are common plants that are known to be toxic to chickens (and most other birds). I'll have to give that one a try. Chickens love to eat not only greens but also flowers. Great information...will be growing these for the "girls"..and Rooster Cogborn also..he is such a gentleman.. My nasturtiums and squash just started blooming, so the girls are in for a real treat! 10. Instructions For Operating Fairbanks-Morse Eclipse E-Book, Cattle Grazing: Turnips and Other Root Crops for Livestock. Plants chickens can’t eat may also be found growing wild throughout your property, as many native flowers and foliage plants could cause harm. It’s truly one of the best weeds to find on your property. Chickens can eat a lot of different food items– don’t forget they are omnivores, so they love both meat and veggies. There are many flowers that can be safely fed to chickens: Cruciferous vegetable flowers - Chickens can have the flowers, and indeed the whole plant, from any member of the brassica family, which includes kale, Kohl-rabi, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, romenesco, Brussels sprouts and calabrese. Here are my choices forThe Top Ten Flowers your Chickens Will Love: 6. It also makes their beaks and feet brighter in color! Chickens should not be give the green parts of courgettes or zucchini plants as they contain a mild poison. Chickens are lucky because they can eat almost anything they come across. Not only do they mature quickly, providing you with a crop in a matter of mere weeks, but they are also super versatile. (As an added bonus, all ten of these flowers are also edible for humans.) When the weather is warm, the plants will grow very quickly. Beets are one of the best plants you can grow for your chickens. The chickens will eat the insects that are attracted to those pods, and can also snack on the seeds and foliage, too. Roses are also a classic as well as a beautiful way to decorate a cake with an edible garnish. Feverfew: Tanacetum parthenium. I guess technically a weed, instead of spraying them why not pick some for your chickens. At GRIT, we have a tradition of respecting the land that sustains rural America. Dandelions are a nice addition to salads. A lot of my other backyard plants are larger and established so they could handle more abuse. By paying now with a credit card, you save an additional $6 and get 6 issues of GRIT for only $16.95 (USA only). 2.Close & Plant Your Chicken Run in the Spring. But can chickens eat eggplant? Sign in with your online account. ... just throw the flower pods over to the chickens so they can eat them right from the flower. Roses and rose hips cleanse blood toxins and act as antiseptics and antibacterial agents for both humans and chickens. Should I dig up the bush or let them eat it? The best way to keep your chickens from temptation is to restrict them to a Walk In Chicken Run or some other area or enclosure away from any of your prized plants. Calendula can be used by chickens as well, and it grows in most places, especially between vegetables. They love to slurp petals in their mouths like we do spaghetti noodles! Thyme has strong antibacterial and antibiotic properties. The plants like it warm and humid and thrive in most zones throughout the country. But if you want your hens to have ease when laying eggs, you can just hang dry dill leaves inside or near the nesting boxes. But it sounds like I either have to pull up most of my yard or not let the chicks, once old enough, free range. Ensure your chickens do not have ready access to such plants, especially if you are free ranging your chickens… Roses, marigolds and nasturtium are some examples. Chickens Sharing your kitchen scraps and leftovers with your flock is a great way to vary their diet, especially when winter has killed the grasses and bugs they usually forage upon. That was very interesting to know what flowers are edible and benificial to the chickens and beautiful photos, that was something that I have never seen anyone write about. While I have no concern about losing the plant I do have concern about the health and safety of my chickens. Top 10 Garden Plants For Chickens and Ducks. Spring is a great time to completely close off access to your chicken run and relocate chickens during the daylight hours (free-range your chickens or place them in a tractor to till garden beds). Register now to get access to ALL current video workshops and prerecorded webinars plus anything new that we add through the end of 2020. Fennel They will eat just about anything that you give them. This plant can be harvested any time, but the younger leaves are said to have the best flavour. Many plants have toxic properties that act as a type of innate defense to help the plants to survive. 8. Anyone who free ranges their flock even some of the time knows that chickens will eat pretty much anything you have planted, so why not choose some nutritious flowers that they will enjoy when you're planning your gardens in the spring ?