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Herbs in Bedding

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by hooligan, Aug 17, 2008.

  1. hooligan

    hooligan Songster

    Aug 20, 2007
    This may sound a bit odd but I was wondering if anyone has tried adding herbs to 'scent' their chickens bedding. I have 3 house chickens and was wondering about adding mint or rosemary to their pine shavings just to scent the house. They don't smell or anything but after going to the health food store and picking up some dried herbs I needed for making doggie treats I started thinking....which usually leads to trouble [​IMG]
  2. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Songster

    Aug 8, 2008
    Me too.... I grow lavender, and I know you can put it in water to keep green algae from growing, and so on.

    I'm thinking of hanging Lavender in the coop to dry!
  3. krjwaj

    krjwaj Songster

    Jul 7, 2008
    Apex, NC
    We have rosemary and thyme growing in our side yard. I might try putting some rosemary in with the pine shavings. Our coop doens't smell much, but once in a while.
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2008
  4. banter

    banter Songster

    Mar 3, 2008
    Raymond Maine
    I think it's a great idea, I am at a new house and have just started herbs (as many places in the gardens as I can.) At my old house, I had herb gardens and a herbal lawn, Never had a bugs to excess or vermine problems. I had thyme, pennyroyal and chamomile in the lawn for anyone to graze on.
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    I often put torn up basil, rosemary, mint, whatever I have a the time, to the shavings underneath the roost.
  6. Anny

    Anny Songster

    Apr 24, 2008
    Detroit Michigan
    I planted lavender around one fence of my run, it makes it smell wonderful.
  7. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    I wouldn't use pennyroyal, though. It's toxic properties are why it's traditionally been used to deter bugs. I'd stick with the safer choices.
  8. I use dried Lemon Balm. It is known to deter mice, rats, and insects.
  9. hooligan

    hooligan Songster

    Aug 20, 2007
    Well I bought some mint (dried) and rosemary (powdered) and I thought it might make a nice 'potpourri' for the living room, since thats where my girls are LoL What doesn't get used for the dog cookies [​IMG]
  10. fullhouse

    fullhouse Songster

    Apr 14, 2008
    I hang lavendar from the rafters [​IMG]

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