Bubbles Feathered Beauties
Herbs for your Flock
Herbs for your Flock
- Basil – antibacterial, mucous membrane health
- Garlic – laying stimulant, anti-fungal, benefits circulation system. It repels fleas, ticks and other parasites, controls odor, and is a natural wormer, has overall health benefits, increases feed conversion, supports respiratory health and immune system
- Lavender – stress reliever, increases blood circulation, highly aromatic, insecticide
- Marigolds – stress reliever, increases blood circulation, highly aromatic, insecticide
- Marjoram – laying stimulant, anti-inflammatory, decongestant, improves blood circulation, detoxifier
- Mint – insecticide and rodent repellent, antioxidant, aids in respiratory health, digestive aid, lowers body temperature naturally, helps in feather growth.
- Nasturtium – laying stimulant, antiseptic, antibiotic, insecticide, wormer
- Oregano – combats coccidia, salmonella, infectious bronchitis, avian flu, blackhead and e-Coli, strengthens immune system, is anti-parasitic, anti-fungal, and an antibiotic
- Parsley – high in vitamins, aids in blood vessel development, laying stimulant
- Cilantro is an anti-oxidant, anti-fungal, it builds strong bones, is high in Vitamin A and K
- Sage – antioxidant, antiparasitic, general health promoter, thought to combat Salmonella
- Dill is an anti-oxidant, is calming, prevents disease, controls parasites, improves respiratory health, is high in protein, repels harmful insects and is an anti-diarrheal
- Rosemary repels insects, is a pain reliever, improves respiratory health, and is calming
- Dried Wormwood keeps lice and mites away.
- Dried Yarrow is anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, clears sinuses and respiratory systems, is a stress reliever, heals wounds, and serves as an insecticide
- Anise is good disease and parasite preventions
- Fennel is good disease and parasite preventions
- Ginger is good disease and parasite preventions
- Basil and Lemon Balm are insecticides, create orange egg yolks, and are high in protein
- Parsley is a laying stimulant, helps blood vessel development and circulation, encourages feather growth, and is high in protein.
- Bee Balm, Dill, Oregano and Thyme help respiratory health
- Fennel, Marjoram, Nasturtium, and Parsley are egg laying stimulants
- Cilantro, Sage, Spearmint, and Tarragon are great for general health
- Alfalfa, Basil and Dandelion greens create orange egg yolks. Comfrey aids digestion, is an anti-inflammatory, supports bone and artery growth, has vitamin B12, and is high in protein
- During their molt use anise, dill, fennel, garlic, mint, and/or parsley to encourage feather regrowth.
- Dandelion is an antioxidant and an excellent source of calcium
- Comfrey aids digestion, is an anti-inflammatory, supports bone and artery growth, contains vitamin B12, and is high in protein
- Pineapple Sage aid in nervous system development and is highly aromatic.
- Nettles, Parsley, Sage, and Spearmint improve overall health
- Rosemary, Dill, Parsley and Mint assist feather growth.
- Basil, Bee Balm, Cinnamon, Clover, Dill, Echinacea, Rosemary, Thyme, and Yarroware great for respiratory health
- Basil, Chervil, Coriander, Dill, Fennel, Marjoram, Parsley, Spearmintand Tarragon are herbs with high protein
You probably will want to start wtih herbs that are pretty easy to grow. Mint would probably be a great start as it is one of the easiest to grow. Another good idea is to maybe start with some that you may also use in cooking. Herbs like dill, basil, parsley, oregano are all good choices to start out with.
Rose bushes provide nice shade, and the chickens love to eat the petals that have anti-oxidant properties. Mint planted around the perimeter can help repel mice. Any climbing vine will also provide shade and allow them to nibble on the lower leaves and anything that falls, such as peas, squash, cucumbers, grapes.
3 Ways to Use Herbs in the Chicken House:
1. Spread fresh herbs on the floor of their coop.
2. Hang fresh herbs in the coop
3. Make a coop refresh spray out of Lavender and Mint
How to Make A Coop Refresh Spray:
- Divide the herbs (Lavender and Mint) into two jars and crush them a bit with your fingers.
- Add white vinegar to each jar, completely covering the herbs and leaving 1/4” headroom in each jar.
- Set the jars to the side to age for a week or two. Shake every few days.
- When the mixture turns greenish brown, it’s ready to be strained into a spray bottle.
- Spray in the Coop as needed
Other Herbs you can use in the Chickens Housing:
- Bay Leaves
- Lemon Balm
- Lemon Grass
- Pineapple Sage
- Bee Balm
Chickens are most susceptible to respiratory problems. You can head those off, or treat an ailing chicken, with basil, bee balm, cinnamon, clover, dill, echinacea, rosemary, thyme or yarrow added to their diet. Sage is thought to fend off salmonella and oregano has been studied as a natural antibiotic along with thyme. Internal worms can be fought with nasturtium, garlic, pumpkin seeds, wormwood, chamomile and catnip. As with our health, building a strong immune system is always best. It’s far easier to prevent illness than to treat it. Making herbs a regular part of your flock’s diet helps immensely with their health.