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Chickens and mint??

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by daeichler, Jul 8, 2008.

  1. daeichler

    daeichler Out Of The Brooder

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    I am planning on raising (for the first time) broilers in a chicken tractor which will be stationary (the Deep Mulch plan as per Chicken Tractor by Andy Lee). In my garden I have a patch which has been overtaken with chocolate mint. Does anyone have any experience with putting chickens into a mint field and whether the mint flavor transfers into the meat? Thanks!
    David
     
  2. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    I would tend to think that after 8 wks, there wouldn't be any mint left to worry about.
     
  3. daeichler

    daeichler Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes (which would be good!) but I am wondering if the consumption of copious amount of chocolate mint during the 8 weeks (or part thereof) is likely to make the meat taste, well, chocolate minty.
     
  4. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    I doubt it, but I had had honey from a ?bee farmer?? who's bees frequented a mint patch. That honey was heaven!! i really don't think it is an issue with chickens, though [​IMG]
     
  5. menageriemama

    menageriemama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 2, 2008
    Lake Nebagamon, WI
    Eeeeeewww. Mint flavored chicken. Blech!!! [​IMG]

    But seriously, I dont think it would impart a flavor, unless you fed them handfuls of the stuff the day you butcher them.
     
  6. daeichler

    daeichler Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Chicken with Andes Mints...not my idea of something to look forward to. I wonder if anyone else has any thoughts or experience on this.
     

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