Basil as Fly Repellent

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Nutcase, Oct 14, 2013.

  1. Nutcase

    Nutcase Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all,

    I sprouted some basil in the pot the other day in the hope that it would deter flies in the chickens run. Does anybody do this and does it work? Will chickens eat it?
     
  2. memphis

    memphis Overrun With Chickens

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    Not sure about a fly repellent, but basil is one herb my chickens didn't eat!
     
  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    X2 mine don't really bother it when they are free ranging, if they were in a run with it they probably sooner or later would. Don't know about the fly repellant abilities, a lot of the How To Repel Flies Naturally type of sites say it does, can't say that I have really noticed much difference in the areas where it is or isn't.
     
  4. DLV58

    DLV58 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine like lemon basil, idk if it helps with flies
     

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