Chickweed is full of minerals and vits and is not toxic at all. I collect it by the bucket and divide it up between my neds and my hens. Its great for healthy coats/hooves and eggshells! It can also be used as a poultice. The sad thing about CW is that it cant survive drought conditions and certainly disappears (here) when it gets hot.
. Really good and an ecological way of adding minerals and vits. M.
See, I feed it to my hens, make ointment from it, and eat it in salads!!! I was horrified to see (I was looking for a picture) that it supposedly toxic to horses, then, like Lavender above, discovered it is supposedly toxic only in vast quanitities in a drought, but like you, I thought it wouldn't be there in a drought! Let alone in vast quanitities!
I mean, anything is toxic if you could eat enough of it!
Nettle soup is a favourite. Thickened with a crumbled rice cake or two.
We have dandelion leaves in salad as well. And as we live on an organic farm which encorages dandelions, we are also about to make a large batch of organic dandelion wine
More of a primitive christian me. I'm on the wrong continent, really, I ought to be Amish!
I always pick cleavers for my horse as well as cow parsley and dandelions but I think people on my yard think I'm an oddball but it's good for them. I also offer him herbs from my garden. He doesn't always eat them but there is a theory that in the wild they pick out herbs for their different properties depending on what they needed.