Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Brian, Mar 30, 2008.

  1. Brian

    Brian Songster

    Sep 30, 2007
    Jacksonville, ORegon
    Anyone have this plant growing where chickens have access to it? Do they eat it?
  2. I grow it Brian, but I grow it in containers,mostly just because I enjoy the smell of it.Never have learned to cook with it and don't know if chickens eat it or not.
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Yep, I have it growing. They on occasion will nip at it, but really don't eat it. Most of the time, chickens dont like strongly scented herbs.
  4. kevin2010

    kevin2010 Songster

    Mar 22, 2008
    tucker wv
    i planted some the other day along with horse raddish they havent eaten it yet
  5. GwenFarms

    GwenFarms Songster

    Feb 26, 2008
    Quote:I don't know if it is good in chicken, but its great on it. Thats what I think rosemary goes best with, is chicken. I make a chicken porabella soup that is essentially chicken, portabellas, tomato sauce and a handful of fresh rosemary. You can eat it over pasta, or alone as soup with parm. cheese. Everyone loves it. Start using that rosemary! I'm gonna grow some of my own fresh this year.
  6. Rte.66_chicks

    Rte.66_chicks Songster

    Feb 22, 2008
    Kingman, AZ
    All mine have done with it is scratch around & under it for bugs.
  7. seedcorn

    seedcorn Songster

    Apr 25, 2007
    NE. IN
    I have horse radish in my pen, chickens leave it alone and it gives them shade in summer.

    How far north can you safely grow rosemary?
  8. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

    Jul 5, 2007
    Sevier County, TN
    Quote:Yep, I've had the same experience. They leave the rosemary, catnip, onions, garlic, sage, and oregano alone. They do pick at the thyme sometimes.
    The LOVE carrot tops, though, and I'm afraid they'll get into my parsley for the same reason (didn't have any last year).
  9. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Quote:I have big plants in my yard that wintered over really well. I harvested 4 quarts of dried rosemary and included it with other herbs in my Christmas baskets.

    I love it on/in roast chicken. Fill the cavity up with rosemary, garlic (skin and all), onion and lemon rinds then slow roast. Yummy!

    I also love it with tender young lamb!
  10. Rte.66_chicks

    Rte.66_chicks Songster

    Feb 22, 2008
    Kingman, AZ
    Mine have always left parsley alone. They love beet greens, and even pecked the root in the ground until it's all gone.

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