In Missouri, we had dandelions everywhere. Almost every day during dandelion season, I’d go out and pick a handful for the chickens and they gobbled them right up. We’ve never had them here. Last year, I think I picked two or three dandelion flowers.
Over the weekend, when Vince was out cleaning the dehydrators, I was out talking to him and I looked down and noticed a bee in a dandelion flower.
Then, I noticed there were dandelions everywhere! I had not noticed the the day before.
I picked a dandelion bouquet. Really, it was just a handful for the chickens.
When I walk out to the chicken yard, they come running because they know I almost always bring treats. Not a single one of them would come up and take a dandelion out of my hand where my MO chickens would about take me down trying to get them. These chickens didn’t know what they were. I tossed them here and there. They looked at them but none of them were really excited about the flowers. Later I went out and they were all gone so I guess they decided they were safe to eat.
Maybe today I can pick more and see if they’re a bit more enthusiastic. I don’t want to pick too many . . leave enough to go to seed that we’ll have lots more next year.