Can chickens eat all types of herbs?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chickita, Sep 4, 2008.

  1. chickita

    chickita Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello...my girls are 7 weeks old. Can I give them herbs to eat from the garden? Basil, mint, etc?
     
  2. skyfires

    skyfires Trying to hide

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    [​IMG] [​IMG] Hello and wishing you a warm welcome!! You have come to the right place,,, the people up here are friendly and knowledgeable. I have wondered if herbs are ok too!! So I'll be watchin your thread to see the answers,,, [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  3. ricky bamboo

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    i think that if the hens eat your herbs, they will be fine, but i'm sure that, if given the choice, they would rather eat grass.
    on the other hand.... it doesn't sound like a bad idea to flavour them up from the inside out... maybe you could set up an olive oil waterer next to the sage and rosemary bushes.
     
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    Good one Ricky,,,,[​IMG]
     
  5. DrakeMaiden

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    Most likely they won't like the strong flavor.
     
  6. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My free-ranging hens have lots of herbs to choose from - they just don't eat them.

    Yes, grass is a favorite. It is prefered to white Dutch clover and most any other green food.

    Zucchini rates quite high and they like melons but tomatoes are at the top as a fresh veggie treat.

    Steve
     
  7. Linda in San Diego

    Linda in San Diego Chillin' With My Peeps

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    digitS' :

    My free-ranging hens have lots of herbs to choose from - they just don't eat them.

    Yes, grass is a favorite. It is prefered to white Dutch clover and most any other green food.

    Zucchini rates quite high and they like melons but tomatoes are at the top as a fresh veggie treat.

    Steve

    I have giant zucchine and yellow squash that must be cut ASAP - the Delightful Dozen will relish them as we cut them up and pass it out. They also like nibbling on the leaves of the squash. But surprisingly they sample and then leave alone my herbs, not sure why, but they try it and move on.​
     
  8. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes but I found strong smelling herbs like mint lead to strong smelling droppings and not in a good way. [​IMG]
     
  9. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    My girls don't touch the herbs in pots, though they do eat the grass that grows in the planters!
     
  10. I have rosemary, lavender, and thyme, chives, and my ladies won't eat any of them. I usually turn them out to free range about 3 o clock every day and give them bread for their treats but they eat and scratch the grass around the herbs but won't eat them. They have eat the tomato bushes up as high as they stretch and eat them but nothing else.
     

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