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Do chickens like parsley?

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I have a big bunch of parsley I was going to give to the chickens, but I'm not sure if they like it - or even if it's good for chickens. I hate giving them stuff they hate because then i have to walk around the run picking it up so it doesn't rot and stink.

Ideas?

Kate - Certified chicken lover in rural Central Florida to to three gorgeous hens hatched 7/16/12: Weezie (BA), Hazel (RIR) and Big Betty (GLW).

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Kate - Certified chicken lover in rural Central Florida to to three gorgeous hens hatched 7/16/12: Weezie (BA), Hazel (RIR) and Big Betty (GLW).

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post #2 of 9

They'll eat anything. They may not go crazy for it, but leave it there. Sometimes they just eat it little by little...

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post #3 of 9

I tried parsley from my garden the other day (the guinea pigs love it) - but the chickens turned up their beaks and stomped all over it.  sad

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Originally Posted by redsullivan 

I tried parsley from my garden the other day (the guinea pigs love it) - but the chickens turned up their beaks and stomped all over it.  sad


Yeah I know rabbits love it too, but I have a strong feeling my girls will do the mexican hat dance on the parsley too - LOL.

Kate - Certified chicken lover in rural Central Florida to to three gorgeous hens hatched 7/16/12: Weezie (BA), Hazel (RIR) and Big Betty (GLW).

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post #5 of 9

My chickens ate all the parsley in my herb garden, nothing else.

post #6 of 9

Mine definitely hate it.  They eat everything else, but not parsley.

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post #7 of 9

I'd give it time or perhaps cut it up into chunks. They might just like the tops if you have them still on or maybe mix it with something else they like. My girls love almost any green I've given them so far. Romaine lettuce took them a while to be interested although. I've noticed so far that chickens can be picky eaters but are constantly on the look for anything to eat.

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Just gave mine the parsley. It's been sitting there about 45 minutes and they have smelled it, scratched it and ignored it. We'll see if it's still there when I put them away tonight.

Kate - Certified chicken lover in rural Central Florida to to three gorgeous hens hatched 7/16/12: Weezie (BA), Hazel (RIR) and Big Betty (GLW).

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Kate - Certified chicken lover in rural Central Florida to to three gorgeous hens hatched 7/16/12: Weezie (BA), Hazel (RIR) and Big Betty (GLW).

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post #9 of 9

If I put cut parsley down for the girls they will ignore it.  But, if I put a clump in a pot they are thrilled and will eat every leaf in just a few days. 

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