Comfrey

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rowbow4
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Comfrey

Post by rowbow4 » Tue May 15, 2018 9:22 am

Does anyone feed their chickens comfrey leaves, it is supposed to be beneficial to livestock and the soil? :)
MrsBiscuit
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Re: Comfrey

Post by MrsBiscuit » Tue May 15, 2018 11:50 am

I haven't fed it to the chooks, isn't it slightly hairy? If so, I would have thought that naturally they would ignore it, my observations on the range have been that they love either 'juicy' things like sorrel or seedheads. However, you can make comfrey tea which is very good as an organic fertiliser, albeit a bit stinky during the making. My previous garden was full of the stuff, its quite rampant. I believe you can also make a different sort of comfrey tea for humans!
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Re: Comfrey

Post by Marigold » Tue May 15, 2018 11:51 am

I looide up 'Comfrey - side effects' and it seems there is the possibility of liver damage if taken internally. See https://www.emedicinehealth.com/drug-co ... cle_em.htm and other articles if you google it.
Chickens are very good at avoiding plants which would be harmful to them, but I can't see that there would be any point in feeding this to them on purpose, when there are so many other harmless sources of greenstuff which they would enjoy.
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