Nesting Box Herbs - Chicken Aromatherapy

| 4/18/2012 12:53:19 PM

Tags: Herbs, chickens, aromatherapy, nesting boxes, chicks,

Headshot of Lisa - Fresh Eggs Daily Farm GirlFresh and dried herbs have amazing health and well-being benefits...and also provide a bit of aromatherapy for your chickens.

Freshly laid eggs in a nesting box full of herbs 

My coop never smelled so good until I started adding an herbal blend that includes mint, basil, lemon balm, lavender and rose petals in the nesting boxes.  The first time I put the herbs into the nesting baskets, one of my hens actually fell asleep after laying her egg. Now that's one relaxed hen !

Buff Grace sitting in the nesting box 

Fresh or dried herbs in your nesting boxes not only work as insecticides, but also have anti-bacterial properties, and can act as natural wormers, anti-parasitics, insecticides, rodent control, stress relievers and laying stimulants.  They will help a laying hen feel safe and relaxed while she is sitting, and calm a broody hen, as well as repel rodents, flies and other parasites. Plus they look so pretty !

Nesting boxes filled with fresh herbs 

10/13/2015 1:02:46 PM

Just wondering Will these herbs make the eggs taste like the herbs the chicks eat? We have 200 layers and though we feed them fresh veggies and fruit, we have avoided herbs such as garlic to avoid altering the taste of the eggs when cooked.

1/3/2014 8:08:29 AM

What a great idea! My hens will probably snack on them, as well. They eat everything from raspberry plants to my mums. They are ornery girls.

1/3/2014 7:44:19 AM

Great idea! I will make sure I have plenty of these herbs in my garden and share them with "the ladies". :)

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