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 Post subject: Fat Hen - The plant
PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 4:44 pm 
Showy Hen
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Moderaotrs Note: The original post was deleted by the poster. This link is to some details of the plant which has also been known by the common name of Fat Hen.

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Hi Pecker,

Which site did you get the info from? Sounds like interesting stuff.

My birds often get a handful of leafy herbs to munch on, usually bunches of sorrell, parsley, rocket, spinach etc. They love it.

If you do think what you've got is a weed you may want to cross reference it with your local Council or other govt agency - usually a good place to get information on why it is considered a weed and what impact it may have on your local area. It is often good to find out how it gets spread aswell, because much as you may be able to contain the actual plant to your yard, birds spreading seed etc. may make it a problem for other who don't want it.

That said, there are a lot of common garden species that are technically weeds, I myself am guilty of cultivating a few. Trying to keep impact low though! :lol:


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 Post subject: fat hen
PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 2:14 pm 
Showy Hen
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Hi Pecker,
I have this weed growing all over my orchard. I also have free ranging chooks in there. I always wondered why it was called 'fat hen' as my chooks never eat it, having said that though, I probably have too many other yummy things out there for them to eat.
If you have not much else for them to eat it might be worth a try but really you might just end up with another weed.
I also have some growing in the actual poultry yard, they have grown as tall as me, where I guess if nothing else they are providing shade on those really hot days.

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