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PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 1:05 pm 
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Hi!

I planted some Pennyroyal (Mentha Pulegium) from Rennaissance Herbs in my veggie garden and it's been doing a great job controlling insects.

It's growing like crazy and I was going to cut it back. Can I feed the offcuts to the chickens/ducks or just chuck em in the green bin?

I also have Pyrethrum (Chrysanthemum cinerariifolium) and Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) in the veggie patch - are either of these toxic to ducks or chickens?

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 27, 2013 11:23 pm 
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I don't know if these plants are toxic but just want to let you know that I have Mint, Pyrethrum and Tansy growing around my chook houses that the chickens have access to went free ranging. They don't like to eat these plants because I think the strong herbal scent is unpalatable. They much prefer grass or greens from the vege garden.
I often put Pyrethrum and Tansy (and wormwood or lavender) in the nest boxes to deter insect pests and have never seen anyone be tempted to eat it.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 28, 2013 7:57 am 
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viewtopic.php?f=3&t=8021638&p=649517&hilit=tansy#p649517. just found this on my search.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 28, 2013 8:28 am 
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I don't think that ducks would be interested in it either. They never touch any of the many herbs I have growing round the place (except they do try to get at the garlic chives and I have one duck who nibbles parsley).

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 28, 2013 10:06 am 
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Here is the info from cottagegirl's link

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Tansy
Botanical Name: Chrysanthemum vulgare. Syn Tanecetum vulgare
Tansy is a perennial herb with erect stems up to 1m, which are covered by compound feathery leaves dark green in colour. Yellow button like flowers grow in clusters at the top of the stems.
Tansy is not used much these days medicinally because of its toxicity. Traditionally it was used against threadworms, roundworms and tapeworms.
Tansy is used as a fly repellent and is a useful companion plant in the garden or near fruit trees to deter insects.
Sprinkle leaves of tansy into the compost heaps to help decomposition.
Growing Conditions
Tansy will grow in sun to part shade and grows in a wide range of soils. In some areas in Europe it grows on wasteland and beside roads.


So yes, Tansy like many other herbs can be toxic if consumed in a large quantity. It has a terrible taste so poultry is unlikely to eat it after an initial peck to see if it's any good.
At least they may be worming themselves if they do.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2013 11:54 pm 
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I'd be inclined to scatter it inside the coop itself, on top of the straw, as an insect repellant. I suspect the chooks won't eat more than a mouthful due to the smell.

I must try Australian native mint on them. It smells just like pennyroyal ...


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