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Citronella Plant

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by urban orpington, Aug 15, 2013.

  1. urban orpington

    urban orpington Out Of The Brooder

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    We have a really bad mosquito problem in our backyard. So bad that, when we go out, my wife and I look like Charlie Brown's friend Pigpen...but instead of dirt it's a cloud of mosquitoes. While I am fine with dousing myself in Off for extended visits to the coop or backyard, I hate coming back into the house with that sticky feeling.


    So I was thinking about getting some citronella plants for the area around the coop.


    1) Will my hens try to eat citronella plants?
    2) If they eat it, is it dangerous to them?


    Just making sure. If I need to I can put them in planters and leave them on top of the coop's roof.
     
  2. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Citronella grass, also known as lemongrass, should not be an interest to chickens. Aromatic plants here, sage and rosemary, only interest my chickens when they are in bloom. The chickens will eat the blooms.

    The cheap mosquito traps made with large coke bottles might work better for you.

    Chris
     
  3. urban orpington

    urban orpington Out Of The Brooder

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    Awesome!


    Thanks for the info.
     
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    What about one of those bug zappers? I have never had one but have been thinking about buying one for out by the coops to prevent me from being bitten so often.
     
  5. Rich386

    Rich386 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was considering putting one in my coop. It would serve a duel purpose kill the bugs that are eating me and give the girls a toasted treat.
     
  6. Rich386

    Rich386 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was considering putting one in my coop. It would serve a duel purpose kill the bugs that are eating me and give the girls a toasted treat.
     
  7. Khaki1

    Khaki1 Out Of The Brooder

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    To funny! I have images of them waiting for the zap and snatching the bug! Lol
     
  8. Khaki1

    Khaki1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Would the lemon grass be ok for ducks??
     
  9. RomeandJill

    RomeandJill New Egg

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    I have a citronella plant on my patio that has been there for months and for some reason the last few days the chickens have been plucking the leaves off and eating them. I have basil, oregano, lavender, and other herbs growing in the yard, yet they never bother those.
     

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