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Last year, BC (before chickens), we planted a catnip plant that has exploded.  Our rabbits and cats both love it and it grows like a weed.  Today, we cut some catnip for the bunnies and thought about putting some in for the chickens, but I wasn't too sure.  Anyone have an idea if this would be bad for them.  I'm not too worried about the "hallucinogenic" properties of the catnip, since none of the chickens will have to drive home.

Thanks,
D

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I have not heard anything one way or another about catnip. Hopefully some one has more info about it.  I have given my chickens lemon balm which I believe is also in the mint family like catnip.  Our rabbits also love catnip. The cats always look so puzzled watching the rabbits munching on it.

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I am not sure either but glad to know that I can give it to my bunny!

Empty Nester mother of a son and daughter, married for almost 25 years, I have 2 chihuahuas, 30 chickens including Ameraucanas, Plymouth Barred Rocks, Cuckoo Marans, Partridge Plymouth Rocks, Welsummers, Columbian Wyandottes,a bunny and several cats. Life is great!

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Empty Nester mother of a son and daughter, married for almost 25 years, I have 2 chihuahuas, 30 chickens including Ameraucanas, Plymouth Barred Rocks, Cuckoo Marans, Partridge Plymouth Rocks, Welsummers, Columbian Wyandottes,a bunny and several cats. Life is great!

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I have tried all the herbs I grow on my chickens at one time or another. I have both catnip and cat mint, they are two separate species of mint. The chickens won't eat it so I don't know if they just don't like mint type plants or if they know they shouldn't eat it. They do like parsley, marjoram, summer savory and thyme. They don't like rosemary, sage or oregano (maybe they know that's what I make my poultry seasoning with?  gig )

I live on 10 acres in beautiful Central California with my DH, pets, & chickens
22 Barnevelder chicks in my coop!
My fireworks stand converted to coop project:
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=5043185#p5043185
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I live on 10 acres in beautiful Central California with my DH, pets, & chickens
22 Barnevelder chicks in my coop!
My fireworks stand converted to coop project:
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=5043185#p5043185
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post #5 of 6

yuckyuck
Maybe they don't want to pre-season?
Ha ha ha

Me in a nutshell? I ride horses, like to run, rescue dogs and live with a menagerie including dogs (5 permanent residents and occasionally additional "fosters"), cats, horses (2 Arabs & a QH), Indian runner ducks (they're my husband's), a small hobby flock of LF and bantam chickens from both hatchery and breeder stock, and a bunny. Oh, and I also like to garden. 

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Me in a nutshell? I ride horses, like to run, rescue dogs and live with a menagerie including dogs (5 permanent residents and occasionally additional "fosters"), cats, horses (2 Arabs & a QH), Indian runner ducks (they're my husband's), a small hobby flock of LF and bantam chickens from both hatchery and breeder stock, and a bunny. Oh, and I also like to garden. 

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My girls never bother the catnip when they are free-ranging, or any of the other herbs including mint. But I found an egg stash in the sage!

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