Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by bluedragon, May 22, 2010.

  1. bluedragon

    bluedragon In the Brooder

    Sep 17, 2008
    Central Cali
    Last year, BC (before chickens), we planted a catnip plant that has exploded. Our rabbits and cats both love it and it grows like a weed. Today, we cut some catnip for the bunnies and thought about putting some in for the chickens, but I wasn't too sure. Anyone have an idea if this would be bad for them. I'm not too worried about the "hallucinogenic" properties of the catnip, since none of the chickens will have to drive home.


  2. peepacheep

    peepacheep Songster

    I have not heard anything one way or another about catnip. Hopefully some one has more info about it. I have given my chickens lemon balm which I believe is also in the mint family like catnip. Our rabbits also love catnip. The cats always look so puzzled watching the rabbits munching on it.
  3. 3chimama

    3chimama Songster

    May 8, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    I am not sure either but glad to know that I can give it to my bunny!
  4. tammyd57

    tammyd57 Songster

    I have tried all the herbs I grow on my chickens at one time or another. I have both catnip and cat mint, they are two separate species of mint. The chickens won't eat it so I don't know if they just don't like mint type plants or if they know they shouldn't eat it. They do like parsley, marjoram, summer savory and thyme. They don't like rosemary, sage or oregano (maybe they know that's what I make my poultry seasoning with? [​IMG] )
  5. serendipityfarm

    serendipityfarm Songster

    Mar 28, 2010
    Maybe they don't want to pre-season?
    Ha ha ha
  6. Rte.66_chicks

    Rte.66_chicks Songster

    Feb 22, 2008
    Kingman, AZ
    My girls never bother the catnip when they are free-ranging, or any of the other herbs including mint. But I found an egg stash in the sage!

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