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Adding herbs to laying/nesting boxes??

post #1 of 4
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Hi All 

Does anyone out there use herbs or flowers etc in the nesting material to naturally deter pests and disease??

We have a large productive garden and would love to make use of some of the excess herbs etc things i had in mind were

dried maragolds, calendula, lavender, eucalyptus, tea tree, cosmos flower, garlic seed heads, dried rhubarb leaves, dried comfrey leaves, oregano, various mint, bay leaf etc

does anyone use or have heard of any of these or others being used.

we recently got hold of some hens that are looking pretty tired and have red mites, lice scaley leg mite and their eyes and wattles etc look a bit dull.

It simply isnt economical for us to coat them in expensive DE or other chemicals. They are  laying again and laying well on the new feed we have introduced

any help at all appreciated

regards

Ben@vineviewfarm

post #2 of 4

Yes, I was reading on this topic the other day.  If you search the forum, you might find some threads.  Also, I think I found info on the "chicken chick" site, not sure if I bookmarked it.

 

EDIT: 

http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/search?q=herbs


Edited by potato chip - 1/27/16 at 5:16pm
post #3 of 4
I don't I was just thinking about getting some of those herb spices and starting to use some yesterday and I have heard of a lot of people using the in a dark quiet place to help encourage a hen to go broody and I was thinking about using some in my nesting boxes
post #4 of 4
O and what would be some good herbs to use in there boxes
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