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I have read alot about people using herbs in nesting boxes , What types of herbs and what are the benefits of using them ??? Do they keep pests away ??

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They smell good.  thumbsup.gif

 

I have put rosemary in some of my nests before, though not currently doing so.  

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I wouldn't use them but that's just my personal preference. Just keep in mind that chickens have sensitive respiratory systems

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I have read alot about people using herbs in nesting boxes , What types of herbs and what are the benefits of using them ??? Do they keep pests away ??

 

Found this on the interwebs ages ago and saved it in my pinterest for such a time as I have chickens.  My girls are too young yet to be laying, but once they come of age I plan to try at least some of these.  I would only use a very small portion on top of their nest bedding/lining and change often.

 

Here is a partial list of common herbs and flowers and their beneficial properties:

Basil - antibacterial, mucus membrane health
Catnip - sedative, insecticide
Cilantro - antioxidant, fungicide, builds strong bones, high in Vitamin A for vision and Vitamin K for blood clotting
Dill - antioxidant, relaxant, respiratory health
Fennel -laying stimulant
Garlic - laying stimulant
Lavender - stress reliever, increases blood circulation, highly aromatic, insecticide
Lemon Balm - stress reliever, antibacterial, highly aromatic, rodent repellent
Marigold - laying stimulant
Marjoram - lay stimulant
Mint (all kinds) - insecticide and rodent repellent
Nasturtium - laying stimulant, antiseptic, antibiotic, insecticide, wormer
Oregano - combats coccidia, salmonella, infectious bronchitis, avian flu, blackhead and e-coli
Parsley - high in vitamins, aids in blood vessel development, laying stimulant
Peppermint - anti-parasitic, insecticide
Pineapple Sage - aids nervous system, highly aromatic
Rose Petals - highly aromatic, high in Vitamin C
Rosemary - pain relief, respiratory health, insecticide
Sage - antioxidant, anti-parasitic
Spearmint - antiseptic, insecticide, stimulates nerve, brain and blood functions
Tarragon - antioxidant
Thyme - respiratory health, antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-parasitic

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