Originally Posted by Leahs Mom
Okay... but the SDS for neem oil says not to get it on skin so I'd surely be cautious using it on the body.... Unless someone has some other information?
Although this mentions using on skin, there are a LOT of cautions...including issues with fertility/endocrine. Advised not to use with children (Chickens are much smaller than children):http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-577-NEEM.aspx?activeIngredientId=577&activeIngredientName=NEEM
Anyhow...whenever I've read about using neem, it was on roosts, etc., but not directly on the bird itself. Has anyone read anything that states safety/toxicity issues for use directly on a bird?
It depends on which extract, @Leahs Mom
First, there's Neem oil. It's cold pressed oil from the plant, and it contains the active phenol, Azadirachtin.
Then there's clarified hydrophobic extract. It has no Azadirachtin, but still has antifungal, pesticide, and miticide properties.
There's straight extract if Azadirachtin, which we use in the fields. Highly toxic.
And then there's Neem powder, or cake. It's the leftover plant material and is used for anything from shampoo and trace mineral supplement to, you got it, toothpaste
I use it on roosts sometimes, but not directly on the birds. My main target use for it is the garden and fields, though.
Here's a link for its use as a wormer even
http://journals.cambridge.org/abstract_S1751731107000730Edited by shortgrass - 11/2/15 at 7:28pm