Can ducks have Herbs?

WannaBeHillBilly

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It should be safe for your ducks, but you may be disappointed when they don't like it.
My ducks go crazy for hot peppers, peppermint and cilantro. But they hate basil, oregano and garlic, i can actually use garlic powder to keep them away from spots where i don't want them to go.
No clue how much TSC would charge for a 300gr bag, but (imho) you're better off with buying some fresh herbs at the grocery store and mix them with some (iceberg-)salad. My ducks go crazy for Iceberg-salad with hot peppers.
 

DuckyDonna

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It should be safe for your ducks, but you may be disappointed when they don't like it.
My ducks go crazy for hot peppers, peppermint and cilantro. But they hate basil, oregano and garlic, i can actually use garlic powder to keep them away from spots where i don't want them to go.
No clue how much TSC would charge for a 300gr bag, but (imho) you're better off with buying some fresh herbs at the grocery store and mix them with some (iceberg-)salad. My ducks go crazy for Iceberg-salad with hot peppers.
Or you could just grow some. Depending on where you live you can have oregano, thyme, lemon balm, rosemary, sage grow year round. Basil won't make it once it gets cold though.
 

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Some studies say they are not allowed to have garlic, onion or spring onion/chives. If that also includes their dried forms; I don't know, the studies don't talk about that. I can immagine the part that is bad for them (gas-forming) is lost for a big amount in dried herbs.

I have no clue. What is true or not. I just try to keep them out of their diët; unless they themselves find a way to munch on my planted spring onions. Nothing happened to them; but I also want my spring onions for myself so I put a gate around it :p But I tend to play safe when I'm not sure.

Those are the only ones I heard something bad about ever. Parsley, mint, thyme, cylantro, basil, etc. nothing.

But I do agree that if it is expensive; you can be cheaper off to plant some herb seeds and grow your own plants. You can eat it yourself first; and give them the leftovers and see if they enjoy it ;)
 

Loopeend

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Oh and; I would stay away from products that make it seem too yummy for you. It is a bit of a marketing trick. We have cat-food now with tomato- or cheese sauce (both bad for cats, luckely also not actually in the food) but they play it on the human. If it sounds yummy to the human it will buy it ;) Like how a famous catfood brand allways put's an tuff of parsley on it's catfood in commercials :p Dead-mouse-flavour just doesn't sounds appealing for us humans; and we are the ones that are buying it.
 

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I have used herbs for my girls Lily and Loo since they were about 12 weeks old. I am a gardener by profession and have several herbs dried and jarred in the ducks over night room. I am no expert but have researched herbs for years. Passion flower for example is natural Zanax. Calming and helps with anxiety and rest. Same as Lavender and even Lemon blam.Thyme and Oregano are natural antibiotics. So many times pending on their mood or mine lol I may toss in herbs to their water tub or dry onto their bedding. I have noticed Lily likes to move it to her nest and place the herbs around her eggs. So cute. They do enjoy a variety somedays. I even colect rose pedals and dry those and toss in for fun. They love them. Just make sure no pesticides are ever used. And always use small amount to test first to see how your birds react.
 

DuckyDonna

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I have used herbs for my girls Lily and Loo since they were about 12 weeks old. I am a gardener by profession and have several herbs dried and jarred in the ducks over night room. I am no expert but have researched herbs for years. Passion flower for example is natural Zanax. Calming and helps with anxiety and rest. Same as Lavender and even Lemon blam.Thyme and Oregano are natural antibiotics. So many times pending on their mood or mine lol I may toss in herbs to their water tub or dry onto their bedding. I have noticed Lily likes to move it to her nest and place the herbs around her eggs. So cute. They do enjoy a variety somedays. I even colect rose pedals and dry those and toss in for fun. They love them. Just make sure no pesticides are ever used. And always use small amount to test first to see how your birds react.
I love that idea. I've got tons of thyme and oregano and lemon balm that I could harvest right now and I think I will put some in their pen and food tomorrow! What about rosemary? I've got a big plant but I wonder if it's ok for ducks?
 

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