Spanish Moss For Nest?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by David1998, Sep 2, 2014.

  1. David1998

    David1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I’m thinking of using Spanish moss in the nest for them to lay in. It’s abundant and free, whereas I’d have to buy hay. Does anyone have experience with it? Any concerns? Would it be a problem if they ate it, which is my main concern?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_moss
     
  2. evemfoster

    evemfoster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Spanish moss isn't edible but its not bad for you if you ingest a bit. It is used for stuffing a lot of stuff like toys and chair padding. Lids for cooking pots, emergency blankets, and to skim scum off cooking liquids.

    It was brewed into a tea to treat fevers, chills, rheumatism and contraction pains of childbirth. Other claims for it include treatment of infant epilepsy, estrogen substitute, and antibacterial uses. In 2004 a Japanese company reported an extract strengthen and protects skin capillaries and slows skin cells decline. I don’t know if that is true but they took out a patent on it.

    So i don't think it will harm the chickens.

    Shamefully copied and paraphrased from: http://www.eattheweeds.com/spanish-moss/
     

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