Chewing Tobacco Helps Get Rid of Mites and etc?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Aleisha, Dec 4, 2010.

  1. Aleisha

    Aleisha In the Brooder

    Dec 4, 2010
    Southern Indiana
    Got a piece of advice that I'm not sure if I should believe. The advice: add a bit of loose leaf chewing tobacco to the coop and run bedding in order to keep mites and lice at bay. Can this be true???

  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Yes, if you put tobacco leaves (the actual leaves) in the nests, it is supposed to keep out pests. There is a farm that grows it near me and I'm always hoping to find some they've dropped in the road to add to a nestbox, LOL.
  3. ErinG

    ErinG Songster

    Sep 6, 2010
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I'm talking about the huge plant leaves, not the ones in the can. They mean right from the plant and you put it under the straw in the nest so it's not really a temptation. I've also been known to put basil and sage leaves in the nests to repel bugs, in addition to adding some DE to kill any that may get in there in spite of the herbs.

    Under no circumstances, put cigarette butts or tobacco from the can into the nest--those are too easily consumed. Tobacco would not be my first choice for bug deterrent, but yes, it is supposed to work.
  5. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    It's really hard for the chickens to hit the spitoon though. [​IMG]

  6. PepsNick

    PepsNick Back to Business

    May 9, 2010
    Egglanta, GA
    Quote:I have never heard of this, I'll have to try it. I'm talking about basil, by law I can't have tobacco [​IMG]

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