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I grew some buckwheat as a cover crop in part of my garden and decided to let my hens pasture in it instead of tilling it in. Someone told me on a different website that buckwheat contains phytotoxins that could make hens sensitive to sunlight and even blister on their legs. I can't seem to find any more information about the risks of feeding buckwheat greens to laying hens. Does anyone know if there are risks from buckwheat?

Bonus pic of the girls pasturing.
 

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Thanks for the link. I followed the source link in that article and the main paper states that UV sensitivity typically occurs in animals with light colored skin, and that dehulled buckwheat is less likely to cause photosensitivity. I wonder if chickens are less susceptible because their feathers offer some protection?

One thing I'm still unsure about is in what part of the plant are the phytotoxic chemicals located? If it's in the seed, then I'm not sure I have to worry about anything since these plants have only been in flower for a week or two.
 
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