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Quick Question

in the midst of all the upcoming festivities - can hens eat rhubarb leaves? I know we can't but I thought they might enjoy the greenery, don't want to poison them, though.

Posted at 20th Apr 2008 - 12:03PM   Posted by KittyB   Quick Question Comments: 9

I wouldnt risk it Kitty.

Posted by: ZoŽ on 20th Apr 2008 at 12:21PM

Westerwitch's Avatar Eeeeek Grouse might know - but I wouldn't risk it either unless I knew for certain it was ok . . .

Posted by: Westerwitch on 20th Apr 2008 at 12:40PM

KittyB's Avatar Hmmm, you're right, I've put them on the compost heap for now. My sister says that even if I gave the leaves to the hens they would instinctively know if they were good for them or not, but I don't want to risk it. I've had one teeny tiny egg (so exciting) and I want them to be around to lay me some more - and save me £1.52 a week from buying eggs from the organic milkman!

Posted by: KittyB on 20th Apr 2008 at 12:42PM

Grouse's Avatar If they were ranging free in the garden they would probably ignore them, but in a run might be tempted to eat them, even though they might be harmful in large doses, because they are attracted by anything green. The general rule is dont give them anything you wouldnt eat as it ends up in their eggs!

Posted by: Grouse on 20th Apr 2008 at 12:44PM

KittyB's Avatar Thank you - good advice. I'll bear that in mind whatever I give them. They do really like purple sprouting broccoli though, I think when I let them free range they will clear out the veg beds in no time if I don't make some little fences soon.

Posted by: KittyB on 20th Apr 2008 at 12:50PM

SallysChateau's Avatar Wouldn't risk it..... ooh I love purple sprouting broccoli, never seen any in the shops here, lucky girlies.

Posted by: SallysChateau on 20th Apr 2008 at 02:19PM

Elizabethm's Avatar I would give it a miss too. they contain some kind of acid I think, at least something that cleans up aluminium pans a treat. So glad you have had your first egg, magic isn't it?

Posted by: Elizabethm on 20th Apr 2008 at 04:10PM

Cait's Avatar No , I believe they are carcinogenic?

Posted by: Cait on 20th Apr 2008 at 05:42PM

Frances's Avatar This is another example of what makes this site grand. Where else would this question be raised, and so many excellent answers be sent in reply?
Happy anniversary to us all!

Posted by: Frances on 20th Apr 2008 at 07:14PM

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