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Tea for chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Noble Rooster, Dec 30, 2009.

  1. Noble Rooster

    Noble Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So my DH's relative (a farmer and commercial poultry raiser in Italy) was commenting (with approval! [​IMG]) on how our girls are treated like queens, and suggested occasionally giving chamomile tea as a bit of a treat and also a way to get some warm liquid into them when it's cold. Has anyone ever heard of this? Has anyone ever given other kinds of herbal tea to chickens?

    (If anyone had told me I would be asking about making tea for chickens this time last year, I would have laughed... and then said, "You know, that's not such a crazy question..." [​IMG])
     
  2. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I could see doing that, chamomile is an herb that grows outdoors, so they would eat it
    Tea would be great, warm them up on the inside
    I just made some oatmeal for them myself this morning
    My husband just shakes his head..........
     
  3. Noble Rooster

    Noble Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I make them porridge every morning using their layer pellets, a little bit of scratch, and enough water to cover the two. I microwave it for about 3 min. and it forms a nice warm mash. The six of them slurp it down in 2 min. flat. I, meanwhile, have cold cereal for breakfast, after I've fed them of course... [​IMG] My husband hasn't had me committed yet.
     
  4. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

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    Ever since the Sisters drank my Earl Grey tea when I left it on the porch I've put out a bowl of hot green tea for them with a nice warm bowl of oatmeal on very cold mornings.
     
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  5. suburbiamama

    suburbiamama Out Of The Brooder

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    We don't have a water heater so every morning I fill their waterers with warm water and refer to it as their tea...they LOVE it, so I'm just as glad not to have a heater. I'm going to toss in an herbal tea bag next time!
     
  6. Amethyste

    Amethyste For Love of Boo...

    Mine LOVE watery oatmeal made of oats, game bird crumble and a little scratch...as well any left over veggies etc from night before. They act like they are starving to death when the eat it...my hubby tells them "BREATHE!!!"

    But I often soak alfalfa pellets in hot water, and let them fall apart, and add that to the oatmeal....so that what we call their "tea" I however, have my own tea and I have informed them they are not sharing!
     
  7. technodoll

    technodoll Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You guys just inspired me to add green tea to their drinking water for the health benefits! [​IMG]

    So far they seem to like the taste, even if there is ACV in there already -ooops, that must taste kinda strange!
     
  8. Noble Rooster

    Noble Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I tried some chamomile this morning and they weren't super interested, but they were distracted by being outside to play. I think I'll try again tomorrow morning when they are looking for warm food/beverages. [​IMG]
     
  9. cherylcohen

    cherylcohen The Omelet Ranch

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    if the tea is caffeinated will it effect the girls? Hate to see what chickens on caffeine looks like!
     
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  10. Noble Rooster

    Noble Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:[​IMG] I have to remind mine to breathe too! Invariably after they've begun scarfing down their porridge I'll hear a sneeze/cough because someone snorfed a mouthful down the wrong pipe.

    I also never realized that chickens could "lick" something clean the way they do their feed tub after their porridge...
     

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