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Using tobacco to control pests...

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by sydney13, Feb 19, 2011.

  1. sydney13

    sydney13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I came across this page that talks about using tobacco for poultry
    http://sustainableseedco.com/Poultry-Package.html
    "Historically many homesteaders would soak tobacco leaves in water and even boil the mixture down. They would take this and spray/paint it in the coops to kill mites, lice and all manner of bugs. Care must be taken not to get it on your skin, so wearing gloves is always a good idea. Homesteaders would also dry the leaves, then grind them into a powder and dust poultry during mite season. They also put it in the next boxes for the same reason. Again, wearing a face mask when dusting your chickens is a must. Obviously you do not want to get it in the chickens eyes or mouth no matter what you use."
    I was wondering, does anyone else do this and do you think it is effective?
     
  2. paddock36

    paddock36 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've never done it, but it makes me glad that I don't smoke [​IMG] .
     
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Also, I've read that homesteaders would put a tobacco leaf in the nestboxes of broody hens to keep the hen and chicks free of mites.
     
  4. gjensen

    gjensen Overrun With Chickens

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    I know someone that makes a sun tobacco tea, similar to making sun tea. He uses it as a pesticide for the garden and house treatment. He throws a bit of tobacco on the floor bedding claiming it helps with internal parasites.
     
  5. GarlicEater

    GarlicEater Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep it's all true. Black Leaf 40, an ant poison, used to be just plain old nicotine. You can grow tobacco (yes, it's legal) and use it this way, collect butts, buy a pack of cigs once in a while, whatever floats your boat.

    I want to try growing some tobacco, no I don't smoke and don't have any interest in tobacco use, I just want to try it.
     
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:I have done my share of working with tobacco plants - flue cured and burley. Itchy, itchy work. Ten times worse than putting up hay itchy. Dang, I'm itchy just thinking about it. [​IMG]
     
  7. pwdhorn

    pwdhorn Out Of The Brooder

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    My Grandmother used to put "Rooster Snuff" in the nests to help with mites. She always insisted on Rooster Snuff so the chicks would be males.[​IMG]
    powderhorn
     
  8. gmendoza

    gmendoza Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My ducks ate my tobacco.The plants were 5' tall,after them nuttin but twigs 5' tall. [​IMG]
     
  9. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Sounds like your ducks have an addiction problem. [​IMG]
     
  10. gmendoza

    gmendoza Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Sounds like your ducks have an addiction problem. [​IMG]

    Yeah,I wish I had that problem.I was growing it for ME!!!! [​IMG]
     

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