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syndrome3

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Is lavender safe with chickens?
« on: August 22, 2010, 15:15 »
I am thinking of placing some lavender plants are my chicken run to deter the flies. Is lavender safe if the chickens eat it? ???


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Re: Is lavender safe with chickens?
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2010, 15:47 »
Lavender seems to be one of the few plants chickens don't want to eat. Lavender flowers are OK for humans to eat and are used frequently in recipes so I guess they are safe around chickens. Just did a quick search and these are some other plants that they don't seem to bother with.
   
Rose of Sharon
Most shrubs and bushes
Rosemary
Lavender
Hardy Geraniums
Hardy Fuschias
Foxgloves
Primroses
Pelargoniums
Oriental Grasses & Bamboos
Clematis
Roses
Honeysuckle
Perennial Sweetpeas
Wormwood

syndrome3

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Re: Is lavender safe with chickens?
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2010, 15:51 »
thanks for the info.

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Re: Is lavender safe with chickens?
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2010, 22:47 »
Please don't plant foxgloves where animals can reach it.  It is extremely toxic, and small animals especially can die of digitalis toxicity after ingesting only a small amount.

syndrome3

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Re: Is lavender safe with chickens?
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2010, 09:18 »
Thanks ::). Was going to plant lavender as someone told me it stops the flies.

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Re: Is lavender safe with chickens?
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2010, 09:27 »
Hi Syndrome3, is that true? I only ask because I was talking to a lad on the plot who has a biblical fly problem at the moment, and I mentioned that there were essential oils (and therefore plants) that repelled flies.

I could only think of tea tree though, which is Australian, I think!  ::)

If Lavender has the same effect, I'll tell him to get a few plants in.  :)

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Re: Is lavender safe with chickens?
« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2010, 08:26 »
basil, bay leaf, lavender, mint or rosemary are all said to repel flies and mosquito's. Perhaps a bit of companion planting is needed by your friend Scabs.
It's time to abolish Breed Specific Legislation.

scabs

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Re: Is lavender safe with chickens?
« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2010, 08:56 »
A bit of planting full stop.

I don't think there a singlr green thing on his plot!  :lol:

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Re: Is lavender safe with chickens?
« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2010, 09:24 »
 ::) :lol:



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