Can I give these herbs to my chickens?

huntersmoon

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Apr 26, 2008
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I have two baggies of leftover herbal tea (custom blend) - they have:

lemon balm
skullcap
lavender
rose hips
nettle
raspberry
oatsraw
fennel

I know the nettle and oatstraw are good for them, and assume the rose hips are okay. Does anyone know if the remaining ingredients are harmful?

Thanks
Shannon
 

digitS'

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Shannon, I like raspberry leaf tea. Rose hips are real nice. Nettle is okay but it tastes rather veggie-like - I like it as a vegetable. Fennel seed is tasty in various foods but the leaves are not a tea favorite. That's really true of lemon balm - not a favorite, tastes like Lemon Pledge smells!

Lavender is wonderful as a fragrance. Oat straw - well, I've fed that to livestock.

You can check on skullcap (and all the rest of them
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Steve
 

CityChook

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I am unsure about the other herbs you mentioned, but I purposefully leave all the hips on my rose bushes (organic - no spray whatsoever) in the summer/fall for the wild birds in my yard and by Spring they are all gone. They seem to like them a lot!
 

digitS'

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Yeah, keep that Lemon Pledge . . . I mean Lemon Balm . . . away from them!

Actually, they have better sense than to eat it in my yard
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Steve
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cyrixlord

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May 25, 2008
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my chickens leave the lemon balm alone though i use it in soup when I want to cheat and not harvest my lemon grass. I seep it in there and take it out after about 20 minutes.
 

WoodlandWoman

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Lemon balm is a good anti-viral and I do use it for that. For tea, potpourri and just a wonderful sniff in the garden, you can't beat lemon verbena. Ahhh, heavenly...
 

huntersmoon

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Apr 26, 2008
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Thanks for all of the replies and for the resource link! The herbs were all chopped finely, so I could steep them, so I just dumped the contents in there and they picked what they wanted.

Thanks
Shannon
 

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