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