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 Post subject: Which plants are safe?
PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2006 8:01 pm 
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Hi
I have lots of different plants around the perimeter of the duck pen and they like to nibble most of them.
Is there anything that's particularly poisonous?
What types of plants would people suggest I put in?
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 Post subject: OOOPS I MEANT PLANTS!
PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2006 9:06 pm 
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I mean PLANTS, not plans...... :oops:

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Amaranth and wormwood.


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 Post subject: plants
PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2006 7:45 am 
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hi - wormwood I saw yesterday so I know I can get that one; I bought parsley and mint thinking that if we could eat them, it would probably be alright for them too....would that be right?

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oliander (spelling?) is very bad for animals but it has a bad taste and most won't eat it, but you never know.

I use to have a mulbery tree in my pen, and the chooks loved the fruit.

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 Post subject: mulberries & peppercorns
PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2006 1:38 pm 
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damn. I always wanted a mulberry tree.
but hubby wouldn't let me have one because of the mess, so I had to put something else in (a peppercorn tree - hope that doesn't kill anything!)
any feedback on that one? Ta!

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PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2006 3:03 pm 
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Rhoni wrote:
any feedback on that one?

I have never been able to grow grass or plants underneath a peppercorn tree. Chooks love scratching the litter, and they are one of the hardiest drought resistant plants in the world (great for shade)

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 Post subject: peppercorn tree
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thank you Andy! so that's good AND bad news, huh?
maybe if I or emptied the ducks swim water under it.......

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The chooks use to clean up the mess from the mulbery tree as soon as it hit the ground.

I don't think that the pepercorn tree has any bad effects on chooks (don't quote me), but it can cause horses to itch.

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 Post subject: Plants
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Hi Rhoni,

What about trying the King White or Shahtoot mulberry?
It is white and does not stain like the purple varieties. See link below:

http://www.daleysfruit.com.au/plant/Mul ... -White.htm

I am using lomandra and carex (native Aust. rainforest grasses) in my runs as well as lemon grass and they are doing quite well.
I suspect the lemon grass is left alone because of the oils in the leaves :lol:

The ducks and chooks scratch around them but do not dig them up.
I have also seen vetiver grass used in chook runs to great effect on one of the permaculture courses that I have attended.

I have been wondering how native gingers, cardamon, galangal etc. would go - but then I live in Qld where we can grow these subtropical and tropical plants :D I should try them and see how they go I just haven't made the time yet!!

Have you thought about using a dwarf variety of orange, mandarin, lemon etc? They do well but are more prone to black spot etc, in a chook run? My grandparents always grew citrus in the chook run because they like a lot of nitrogen (ie. chook poo).

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 Post subject: those plants
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Hi guys!
thanks for your suggestions. I'll be giving them a try.

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after taking part in a plant id course I found out that the leaves on tomato plants are poisonous, :( i have found out by accident after catching my chooks pecking at the leaves and then a couple of days later i have a dead chook on the ground, :roll: not sure if this is the case with ducks but just wanted to share this information for general knowledge if no one else is aware of this. 8) ...kay

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 Post subject: tomatoe plants
PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2006 8:38 am 
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thanks, Kay!
now I know for SURE I need to replant that T.plant and get it out of their way!
I think ducks have a much faster metabolism than chooks, but I still can't take the risk with my beloved Sookie!

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Rhoni, don't forget comfrey which is very good for chookies and easy to grow from root cuttings (Green Harvest sell them online). I grow lots as a weed barrier around the vegie garden and also as mulch and as compost booster. The chooks love to nibble at it. I grow a few comfrey plants in pots so that the chooks can have some in their run if they don't get out into the garden on very wet days or if I'm away till late - I find they will happily eat the growing leaves but aren't all that interested in comfrey leaves that I pick for them. Cheers, Judy. ps Alanna Moore and Jade Woodhouse both have long lists of good chook plants in their poultry books.


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