Basil and Mint

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by hooligan, Mar 13, 2008.

  1. hooligan

    hooligan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2007
    Arkansas
    I got some herbs today to plant in the window boxes out in the chicken yard and was wondering if these herbs (basil and mint) would alter the taste of the eggs OR if any of you have fed these to your chickens and what their reaction was to them.
    I was going to plant flowers but went with something edible instead, after all if they won't eat it theres always us and the bunnies. [​IMG]
     
  2. fowltemptress

    fowltemptress Frugal Fan Club President

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    I feel like I'm following you, now. It's not intentional, I swear.
    For the record, I certainly noticed a difference in the taste of the eggs when my aunt's duck, piper, got into the mint. However, I am, at times, highly susceptible to suggestion, so I could have been imagining it.
     
  3. hooligan

    hooligan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2007
    Arkansas
    Did they eat alot over the day or everyday? I may have to limit it OR just save it for the rest of us.
    I just need to think of something else the chickens can eat that would work in pots [​IMG]
     
  4. fowltemptress

    fowltemptress Frugal Fan Club President

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    The duck got out of the yard while she was at work, and destroyed all her mint, so she did eat alot. Maybe a little bit wouldn't have made a difference. It would be neat if you could pre season omelets by feeding chickens herbs.
     
  5. meriruka

    meriruka Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2007
    My chickens won't eat either herb, although they like to dig around in the mint & tear it up. It would be great to make an omelet with the seasonings already in the egg!
     
  6. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

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    My hens pick through my herb bed when free-ranging, but don't eat much. There's plenty of grass and other greens, plus I don't think they prefer the stronger flavors.
    They do like to eat carrot tops, though! I don't begrudge them those, of course.
    When I want to harvest some herbs, I spray them with water after the peeps have gone to bed, leave them overnight, then harvest the next morning.
     
  7. bayouchica

    bayouchica Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2007
    N.E. Louisiana
    We have a mint bed in our garden.My chickens free range & from what I've noticed they don't eat alot of it.Some don't even touch the stuff.
     
  8. hooligan

    hooligan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2007
    Arkansas
    Well so much for my efforts [​IMG]
     
  9. RioLindoAz

    RioLindoAz Sleeping

    Jul 8, 2007
    Yuma, Arizona
    Basil and Mint are perfect for chickens!!!! They love It!!!!!!
     

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