It is very sad. I have no chooks at the moment. And I have chickweed (Stellaria media) going beserk in my garden right now. It is edible – lots of vitamins and minerals and not too bad an addition to a salad. But that uses at most a cupful, and I have a wheelbarrowful. But for those of you with chickens, look out for this herb. It’s a low growing tangle of stems with bright green soft-crisp leaves and tiny white flowers, and chooks love it.
There are two other herbs in my garden that look somewhat similiar. One is Scarlet pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis) which is poisonous. It is distinguished by orange flowers and a stem that is square rather than round.
The other is petty spurge (Euphorbia Peplus), which is very poisonous so definitely not to be confused. It is easy to tell apart – though the leaves are similar (ish), petty spurge is a little upright plant rather than a sprawler. It has a single stem, and milky sap that is caustic. Petty spurge is also called radium weed, and it’s an old herbal treatment for skin cancer with quite some scientific data now showing it is effective. I use it on my keratoses.