Herbs for Chickens


Raising chickens is a great reliable food source and for the whole family.  But unfortunately they attract a lot of unwanted creatures.  Mites and lice are common parasites that can infest the coop and be detrimental to their health and stress the flock.  Parasites can cause itching, excessive pecking, broken feathers, weight loss and reduced egg production.  Choosing the right bedding for your coop and changing it often can significantly help reduce parasites.  Adding some aromatic herbs to the nesting boxes, run or dust bath can act as a natural bug repellant, immune system enhancer, laying stimulant, healthy food, odor control and stress reducer.  It's chicken aromatherapy!  You can use herbs that need cutting back from the garden or dried herbs from the spice cabinet.

Bedding Mix: 
Pine shavings, straw or sand 
Food grade diatomaceous earth (½ cup of DE for every 2 sq ft)
Generous amount of fresh or dried herbs  
Herbs safe for chickens:

Peppermint, Lavender, Rosemary, Lemon balm, Mint, Calendula, Lemon Verbena, Roses, Bay, Cornflower, Spearmint, Thyme, Dandelion, Plantain, Yarrow, Nettle, Marjoram, Nasturtium, Oregano,  Fennel, Comfrey, Chickweed, Catnip, Basil, Sage, Borage, Parsley to name a few. 

Note: Diatomaceous earth, or DE, is a white, porous powder that is the fossilized remains of diatoms (phytoplankton) and works effectively to exterminate lice and mites but remains a safe pesticide.  Make sure you get FOOD GRADE DE for this project. 

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