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PostPosted: Sun Jul 11, 2010 11:05 pm 
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Just wondering if anyone has any success using chickens to try to control Kahaki weed.

Thanks.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2010 1:27 pm 
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I've found two weeds referred to as khaki weed: khaki weed (Alternanthera pungens) and gomphrena (soft khaki) weed (Gomphrena celosioides).

Alternanthera pungens is referenced as being "mildly palatable to stock when young" but can cause skin ailments in cattle, staggers in horses, and the burrs of the mature fruit can irritate the feet of soft-pawed animals such as dogs.

http://www.herbiguide.com.au/Descriptio ... i_Weed.htm
http://www.northwestweeds.nsw.gov.au/khaki_weed.htm

There's one site that lists weed toxicities - it's a personal page - and khaki weed doesn't appear under the "toxic to poultry" section: http://www.weeds.mangrovemountain.net/poultry.html

It does appear under ruminants and humans, though.

So, after all that, I reckon it might be worth a try but ONLY on new emerging growth, not older stuff, and I would watch your chooks very carefully if you do try. I would using them on older plants, so as to avoid injuries from the burrs, or them carrying the seeds in their feathers.

I would also recommend using clean-legged birds - feather-legged ones could carry seeds more easily. Maybe Malays ;)


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2010 3:00 pm 
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Thanks for your help infoaddict.

If anyone else has any experience with this weed, your advice would also be appreciated.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 9:20 pm 
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Hi i tried growing some khaki in the chooks yard with an inverted crate over it .
It was among many plants i was trying as self serve green feed .
The chooks would peck at it but its not real palatable to them so i would make sure they got plenty of other food as well .
Perhaps if mown really short and scatter some wheat over small sections at a time they may help to scratch it out .

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