Why do chickens try to eat herbs

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Chasey Chook102, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. Chasey Chook102

    Chasey Chook102 New Egg

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    [​IMG] Chickens rock and they are cute but they keep trying to eat herbs.

    Is herbs meant to be in their diet
     
  2. TallChickMagnet

    TallChickMagnet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Because they taste good...
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  3. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    Pre-seasoning.

    They will eat any plant that is not poisonous and I won't guarantee that they won't kill themselves eating poisonous plants. Herbs are not poisonous, so they are safe for the chickens to eat.
     
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  4. Crafty-Duck

    Crafty-Duck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Herbs are healthy for them!!! I put herbs in their nesting boxes.A lot of the herbs have the same health benefits on chickens as they do for people!!! I also make an herbal salve for my chickens for when they get cuts and scrapes.Always do your research before giving some herbs to chickens but from what I have read all the typical kitchen herbs are safe Lavender and Mint are a good one too.

    They also like Mint tea[​IMG] at least mine do!
     
  5. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

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    Don't let them eat catnip, the roosters go crazy [​IMG] I have it growing in my garden the bee's love it.
     
  6. Crafty-Duck

    Crafty-Duck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put catnip in my nesting boxes along with other herbs for a natural pest control (rats and mice hate catnip).
     
  7. TXchickmum

    TXchickmum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens won't touch the herbs. I have mint, oregano, and sweet basil, and it isn't bothered at all. [​IMG]
     
  8. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

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    My cockerels acted like they were high. I thought they were going to die, they were jumping around and dancing, like they do when they are in a bigger space for the first time, It was funny and scary all in the same moment. [​IMG] no one died and they stay away from it now.
     
  9. Chasey Chook102

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    Thanks for the infomation. Now I know my chicks are safe[​IMG]
     

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