dried oregano & thyme in feed or water?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by monkton flock, Oct 18, 2016.

  1. monkton flock

    monkton flock Hatching

    Oct 18, 2016
    Monkton, VT
    Hi folks,

    My flock is small and half adult birds, half juveniles. I have one rooster, one adult hen, 2 adult guinea hens, and four juveniles. I've heard about potential antimicrobial properties of oregano for chickens, but I'm wondering how to people give their birds oregano effectively? Is putting the dried herb into their feed enough? Or is that a waste of time/money? How will I know if it's effective?


  2. RodNTN

    RodNTN Hatchaolic Premium Member

    May 22, 2013
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  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, monkton flock, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined us! I've see a few posts lately about feeding oregano or putting oregano oil in the chicken's water. Here's a link with some threads that discuss it: https://www.backyardchickens.com/newsearch?search=oregano It seems like I've read something on BYC about thyme being used for mites??? I cannot state if it works or not.
    Make sure you stop by the VT thread in the link below and chat with local chicken keepers https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you
    Best wishes and thanks for joining BYC!
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
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  6. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Hello, and welcome to Backyard chickens! I personally prefer to use Essential oils instead of dried herbs. I put Oregano in my chickens water at a ratio of two drops to a gallon. Oregano I s considered a ''hot'' oil meaning it can burn the mouth and throat if used improperly. So where I could probably put in four or five crops per gallon, I tend to ere on the side of caution. Thyme is also one of those hot oils, so I would use the same ratio. You ca. Use fresh herbs,but those are only availiable a few months out out of the year. Of all the methods of administering herbs to chickens, I have four
    And dried to be the least practical and essential oils to be the most practical. When buying essential oils, be careful of the brand you use. Brands like Now, or Aura Cacia will be much less effective than a good brand such as doTERRA, the brand I use and recomend. It is a bit more expensive, but much higher quality that I know I can trust for my animals and myself. OK, I will stop preaching now. Lol. Hope this is helpful, and sorry for all the typos.
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  7. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.

  8. monkton flock

    monkton flock Hatching

    Oct 18, 2016
    Monkton, VT
    Thanks for all the welcoming posts, everyone! I'm glad I signed up and I hope I can provide helpful info to others as much as I've learned form this site. Talk to you soon!

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