Re: Comfrey (from "Chicken Feed")
- Well said, Michael.
In fact I would go as far as to say no single species of fodder crop should
be fed exclusively to a domestic flock - since that situation would never
occur in nature.
Comfrey - Symphytum officinalis - comes under a lot of fire for its
alkaloids. Human use has also been discouraged for this reason. I would
hold firm on the point that if you are consuming a balanced (diverse) diet
you won't have trouble with some young comfrey leaves steamed in your salad
or tossed in your juicer. Lots of everyday plants are dangerous in large
Clearly the species holds powerful nutritive and regenerative benefits,
taken both internally and in preparations like poultices and salves.
As an aside, I have it under good authority that most of the comfrey being
SOLD in the west recently was a sterile clone called the "Bocking cultivar"
- apparently from Russia. True comfrey produces nice fat shiny black seeds
- and seedlings, of course, whereas the Bocking produces only offshoots from
the root crown.
Anyhow, Happy poultry raising; I'm starting a flock soon, as well.
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