Herbs To Grow Around Your Chicken Coop for Healthy Girls
Hey Farmers... This week we are taking a look at what herbs to plant around your chicken coop and the benefits to the girls (and boy) who live there!
Herbs are wonderful for your chickens, they can nourish your girls, repel bugs and mice, and make your coop smell better than its ever smelt before!
You can grow them planted in the ground or gather them from the wild and tie them into bunches to hang off the sides..... or you can place them in containers so you can move them around easily. There are heaps of containers laying around that you could use:
* Plastic Buckets
* Leftover Plastic Seedling Boxes
* Woven Poly Feed Bags
* Hessian Sacks
The herbs you grow for your flock depends on your chickens and their needs, so here are a few to consider:
Basil - Basil has antibacterial properties and is high in plant protein. When fed to the girls it boosts respiratory health and imparts a beautiful orange colouring to the egg yolks.
Comfrey - Comfrey acts as a digestive aid, has anti-inflammatory properties, and supports bone and artery health. Its rich in protein, potassium, calcium and vitamin B12. Chop and feed it to your chickens to increase overall egg production and boost their overall health.
Dill - Dill provides plenty of plant protein and is packed with antioxidants. its used in herbal products formulated to combat respiratory problems, and is calming herb to use in nesting boxes. Its also said to stimulate feather growth during
Fennel - Fennel enhances reproductive
health in chickens. Both foliage and shaved bulbs are powerful laying stimulants.
Lavender - Scattered or suspended in bunches in your coop and around the perimeter, lavender is one of the best insecticidal herbs. Like us, its also used as a stress reliever!
Lemon Balm - Lemon Balm is an excellent rodent repellent and a calming aromatic.
Mint - Mints of all varieties are super fly, spider and rodent repellents. They are packed with antioxidants and great for treating respiratory conditions. Like dill, mint is said to encourage feather growth.
Oregano - Oregano is an antibacterial, anti--inflammatory and stress reliever. It clears sinuses and respiratory systems and helps to heal wounds. Fed to chickens it strengthens the immune system.
Rosemary - Rosemary's aromatic scent repels insects and is used to relieve pain.
Sage - Sage promotes chickens general health and well-being. Its packed with anti-oxidants and is great to give to your girls as a healthy nibble.
I've caught so many of my chickens eating my pots of herbs, so I can gather from which ones they're eating what conditions they may be struggling with. Our girls are so important to us and we treat them like pets. Each has a name and its so sad when one goes missing and doesn't come back... many a tear has been shed over one of our little darlings.
If you've got any tips for raising chickens, or any animal for that matter, why not drop us a line? We love to hear from our friends and Im happy to share your thoughts and ideas here on the blog!
Until next time... Happy Farming!