How To Use Herbs For Chicken Nesting Boxes

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We probably use herbs for a lot of things already, mostly cooking though. At anyone time I personally have alot of different herbs growing from peppermint, to basil and even lavender. I recently discovered that herbs could also be used in chicken nesting boxes.

Why on earth would you place herbs in the nesting boxes? Well they apparently the provide aromatheraphy for the hens. The hens will feel safe and relaxed when laying on their eggs. Other benefits include insect repellent, rodent control, anti bacterial, anti parasitic as well as laying stimulants. You can use both fresh or dried herbs, even both.

Using Herbs In Chicken Nesting Boxes
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Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • mint
  • basil
  • lemon balm
  • thyme
  • oregano
  • bee balm
  • lavender
  • marigold
  • rose petals (optional)

Just grow or buy your herbs as you normally would do. When you have access to fresh herbs use those for the nesting boxes, otherwise save the excess and dry them for use later. Herbs can be grown all year round, however some seasons may have less than others.

Not only do the herbs in the nesting box benefit the hens, they also have benefits for the chicks. They provide protection from parasites and the chicks usually eat some of the herbs too and this provides them with many health benefits depending on the herbs they eat.

You can get more information on Fresh Eggs Daily blog, here…

How To Use Herbs For
Chicken Nesting Boxes

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