Using herbs for general care of your chicken has many productivity and health-related benefits. Herbal use in chicken care helps to fight pest and parasite invasion, illness and wounds treatment and boost the egg productivity in layers. Use of herbs includes adding to the chicken food & water, nest boxes and during regular cleaning. With many varieties of naturally growing herbs, here is the summarized list of my top five favorite herbs for chicken keepers.
this being my number one favorite herb for chicken care, it grows almost worldwide with high productivity hence grows in abundance. It is a natural source of rodent and insect repellant and can best be applied by placing inside the nesting boxes and the coop floor. The natural herb mint can also be used to manufacture the safe and efficient Vanilla Mint Fly Repellent.
this herb comes second on my list, it is a calming and stress relieving agent. It can be applied either dried or fresh into the nesting box; it is a powerful insect repellent and boosts the blood circulation in the body of a chicken keeping it healthy. Due to its pleasant and aromatic smell, it is used in making the Lavender Mint Coop Refresh spray.
this is a nutritional herb rich in calcium, zinc, magnesium and iron. It also has high vitamin content, with vitamins A, B, and D boosting the health of your chickens. The Parsley herb is added to the chicken’s feed either when fresh or dried. It stimulates the egg productivity and helps in the development of blood vessels.
this is a health-beneficial herb acting as a natural antibiotic, preventing chicken related infections such as coccidiosis, infectious bronchitis, and avian flu. It is added to the chickens feed in dried form or chopped while fresh. The herb protects your chickens from many pathogens causing diseases and keeps them fit and healthy, this ensures continued productivity.
this is a natural anti –parasite and a good insect repellent. The herb promotes the general productivity and health of your chicken and ensures their state of well-being by providing a comfortable insect and parasite-free environment. Sage herb is added to the chicken feed either when fresh or in dried form.
· Some herbs are stimulants for nesting, relaxing & egg productivity and by giving it to your layers, it encourages the reluctant hens. Happy, healthy and relaxed hens lay healthy and good-sized eggs. Parsley and mint apply for this case.
· Some herbs like Oregano and Sage that prevents internal parasites and infections such as salmonella and intestinal parasites should be administered to the chicken with care. Avoid contamination which might cost the health of the chicken in the process and should also be in small quantities.
· Herbs for cleaning should be administered for the appropriate and expected purpose, such as external cleaning should not come in contact with the delicate parts of the chicken such as the eyelids. The use of herbs in general chicken care is efficient and beneficial and less costly since most herbs are found naturally.