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Chickens and European Ivy

 
David Livingston
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Can I feed my chickens Ivy ? Either letting them forage amongst it and or eat the berrys ?
I am reconditioning /reporosing an old Chicken/dog enclosure and its covered in Ivy plus composy type stuff . I could remove it but letting the chickens, I am intending to get , have a go at eating it and the myriad of crawling creeping things living there sounds a better Idea . Plus I will get some fully composed stuff at the end

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Mike Turner
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I don't know if chickens will eat ivy (Hedera helix), but I have seen other birds eat the berries. Even if they don't eat ivy leaves, their activities will trample, tear it up, and turn it into compost as they seek out insects hiding in the foliage and soil.
 
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I wouldn't recommend feeding it to them, as they might feel it's their only choice of greens and eat it regardless of whether it's healthy or not.

Letting them out and forage around it is much better. If it's good, they'll eat it. If it's not, they'll have the choice to scratch around and find something else instead.
 
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