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post #11 of 15
Why not just grow your own oregano and chop it up in their feed. I have a good bit of dried oregano at my house so I just toss a handful in the FF and give it to my flock that way. I guess its not as concentrated that way but at least I know where it came from and the quality. It also helps to gives them some nice greens during the winter too.
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post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by JuJubeann View Post

Essentials oils are not water soluble and need an emulsifier. In this case food grade. I would suggest honey and I've read it's good for chickens but I really don't know how much or how little is good for chickens. If anyone can tell me how much is safe to give chickens on a regular basis I can experiment and work out a formula.


Hi JuJubeann,

 

I would recommend using just enough honey to get the essential oil emulsified. 

post #13 of 15
If I just give them fresh Oregano greens, how much per chicken should I give them and how often?
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by warriorjcm View Post

If I just give them fresh Oregano greens, how much per chicken should I give them and how often?

Thank you for the question! There are a few ways to feed oregano to chickens.

 

1.  If you are just giving them leaves, then you could just set the leaves around the coop and run and let the birds decide how much they want to eat.  
2. You could also place a plant near their run or in their free-range area and allow them to eat what they want.  
3. You could make some tea with the leaves and then provide that as their drinking water for a few hours a day.  Just be sure that the water has cooled before providing it to the hens.  Nobody likes burning their tongue on hot tea.

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post #15 of 15

You could also make a tincture with oregano and ACV, and add that to their water. Not sure how much to add however...the tincture has to soak for about a month to extract, and should be shaken daily. I have made tinctures, and it just sits on the counter and the time passes pretty quickly. Put at least an ounce of oregano or simply stuff oregano into a pint mason jar, cover with the good ACV, and cap tightly. Put wax paper or plastic wrap between cover and jar as the ACV will rust the lid if it is metal. When finished, strain. I would do 5-10 drops per gallon...not lots.

 

The tea idea is a good one as well, and that can be added to their water.

 

Another thread I read said 1 drop of oregano EO per gallon of water, just as a health booster. I do think 2-4 tsp might be a bit much per gallon, that oregano EO is pretty concentrated stuff. Just saying. That amount might be correct if you infused oregano in olive oil, say, which is not the same as the EO.

 

I put my dried crushed garden oregano in their nest boxes, along with other herbs, dry, and in their dustbox as well. They loved it in the dustbox for sure. They also ate it fresh from the garden last summer (!).

 

Rosemary is another herb I am looking at for its benefits.

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Overthinkers, UNITE!!

 

First Chickens 2/23/16; 3 Gold Laced Wyandottes and 3 Partridge Rocks named Ophelia, Maybellene, Caldonia, Nadine, Evangeline and Alberta!

 

Outlaw Brooder Heating Lamps!! Use Mama Heating Pad (MHP)!!

 

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