Ask the Expert – February/March 2018

Ask the Expert – February/March 2018
Poisonous Plants I inherited eight hens when we bought our house. We also inherited a beautiful garden with a variety of plants. The hens have free range of the yard and when the wisteria bloomed they would peck at the flowers and eat the petals. The other day I was reading up on wisteria and the article said it’s toxic to hens. All of my hens are perfectly fine though!   We are in the process of building a new coop with a larger run and a garden along the outside edge of it. Since they enjoyed the wisteria so much I decided to plant one with the added bonus of giving them shade once it’s established. Should I remove it?   Do you have any recommendations for some hen-friendly vines, preferably a perennial? — Courtney Burgam ************************ Hi Courtney, Poisonous plants can be a tough subject for chicken owners.

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