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A funny tip......

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by backyardgirls, Aug 16, 2007.

  1. backyardgirls

    backyardgirls Out Of The Brooder

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    My little flock gets to free range in the evenings. I watched them pick a few spots in my little tomato garden to take a dust bath. I strategically planted some herbs next to those areas, just to see what would happen [​IMG]
    Now when they roll in their favorite spots they smell like rosemary, thyme, sage, or basil.[​IMG]
    My little hens smell herb fresh all day long [​IMG]

    Buttercup and Daisy in the basil
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    Junebug in the rosemary
    [​IMG]
     
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  2. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    That's a great idea. Now they will be infused with those
    herbs when you cook them. It's brilliant.

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  3. backyardgirls

    backyardgirls Out Of The Brooder

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    Next year maybe I'll try some mint............MINTY FRESH chickens. [​IMG]

    What!!!!!! Eat them. I'll threaten that next time they poop on my patio furniture. Strictly egg layers here. Although.... as small as they are they would only amount to a good sized chicken pot pie. [​IMG]
     
  4. That's so cute! When any of my girls are out, one of their fave places to dustbathe is under the rosemary hedge.
    Lisa

    Edited to add:
    They ate most of my reseeding annual herb sprouts as they came up this spring. Piggy girls! If they'd been patient, there would have a bounty for us all.
     
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  5. imloulou

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    I LOVE it!!! Thanks for the tip!

    I will be sure to plant a lot for them next spring (actually there are a few I can plant now!) I would love for them to smell like rosemary...lol!!! They are not allowed in my herb garden right now but I would be all for planting some especially for them.

    Although... if you think about it a step further...it is kinda funny that they are basting...uh...uh...I mean basking in the basil, rosemary, thyme and sage!![​IMG][​IMG] You must have Italian chickens. Mine hang out in the ginger and lemongrass...I guess mine are Thai...LOL!!!

    Lisa
     
  6. backyardgirls

    backyardgirls Out Of The Brooder

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    Ya know Dipsy Doodle Doo, these herbs were in little flower pots when I planted them, the girls never really ate them. Probably too many treats...... I mean nutritious dietary supplements. [​IMG]

    OOOHHH!!! Lemongrass and ginger, these are possibilities I never thought of. As for Italian, all I need is some garlic and I'd have a nice marinara sauce. [​IMG]
    All of this is making me hungry
     
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