Chickens enjoy jewelweed seeds
We left a big patch of
jewelweed growing behind the trailer this summer because a hummingbird
had claimed it as her property. At every meal, we enjoyed
watching her sipping nectar from the orange blossoms, then flying to a
nearby trellis to guard her patch from interlopers.
A search of the internet
suggested that jewelweed seeds are edible, not only to chickens (and
rabbits and deer), but also to humans. "Touch-me-not" is another
name for jewelweed because the pods spring
open when touched, sending seeds in every direction, so you have to be
careful if you want to harvest them. For my taste test, I
captured a seed pod in my hand and squeezed lightly until it popped
Our chicken waterer provides clean, refreshing drinks in between our flock's forays into the wild.
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