mothballs-do they hurt chickens

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by gottaluvchickens, May 31, 2009.

  1. gottaluvchickens

    gottaluvchickens Out Of The Brooder

    May 27, 2009
    I am thinking about getting mothballs to help keep my girls and my roos safe. But do they harm the flock? Thanks in advance!
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Yes They are toxic. Would need to keep away from your animals.

  3. hippichick

    hippichick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2008
    Branch, La
    I use them all the time around my coops-they're supposed to help keep snakes away. I've never had a problem with them. My chickens don't mess with them at all.

  4. thaokou21

    thaokou21 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2009

    So are you saying that as long as my chicken dont eat it, it will be ok to put it around the coop
  5. hippichick

    hippichick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2008
    Branch, La
    I use them, and my chickens don't seem interested in them at all. I don't know about them being toxic or not, but I've never seen one of my birds trying to eat moth balls.

  6. wanda047

    wanda047 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 26, 2009
    Hardy, Arkansas
    The vapors from moth balls can be toxic, so it would not be advisable to use inside a coop. I would think even using them under a shed-type coop could be dangerous. I wouldn't risk it. Outside the coop might be okay if they were where your chickens couldn't peck at them or ingest them.
  7. hippichick

    hippichick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2008
    Branch, La
    I don't use them inside the coops. I just put them along the outside of the coops, and along the fence line of my chicken yard. I don't think I could stand the smell inside the coop. Way too stinky..........

  8. susanneskoda

    susanneskoda Just Hatched

    Jun 1, 2013
    so..around the chicken house, but not inside?
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  9. susanp970

    susanp970 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 12, 2011
    My husband isn't at all fond of my kids 12 of them he put mothballs INSIDE the coop behind the nesting boxes so the chickens cant get to them. BUT STILL. .I asked him to get them out and do something else to deter the mice. Reminded him that mothballs are poisonous, that caused a big argument. All I can do is hope and pray the fumes don't harm them or me as I have to go inside myself. I galled him many things none of which were nice. Needless to say In am ****** in a BIG WAY.
    I've read that sprigs of catnip deter mice, and it smells much better to people and poultry than mothballs. OMGI can't believe he did that knowing how bad it is.
  10. dstinett

    dstinett Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 21, 2014
    Jefferson, TX
    I am having a terrible snake problem. I put mothballs in pantyhose and pinned them up around the inside of the ex tremely ventilated coop thinking I had a great plan. Boy was I wrong! When it came time to roost, they refused to go up. I took moth balls out and they were all up 5 minutes later. I'm going to try a few outside this time

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