Essential Oils

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by dsc6, Jun 17, 2010.

  1. dsc6

    dsc6 In the Brooder

    Mar 16, 2009
    I am into aromatherapy and have read that there are some essential oils that help prevent insects, etc., on the chickens and in the henhouse/coop. Any one have any experience with this? I am already using ACV in their water, and food-grade DE in their food and bedding, dust bath, etc. I have a very large collection of EOs and hydrosols, and would love to share them with the chickens!
  2. aprophet

    aprophet Songster

    Jan 12, 2010
    chesapeake Va.
    I grow lots of catnip it knocks down mosquitos so well ohio state is trying to patent it. I am also a trapper and bobcats seem to like it quiet a bit, when I go out into the yard I break off a stalk and wipe my arms and neck and legs with it it seems to work as well or better then off, deet etc
  3. calista

    calista Songster

    Jan 27, 2010
    I've used citronella, lavender, and peppermint oils successfully by saturating cotton balls and enclosing them in netting bags, which I hang from the ceiling of the coop.

    I say "successfully" because I've had no major outbreaks of mite infestations since I started using this approach, and the fly population seems to be less than in previous years.

    Of course, one observation might have nothing to do with the other... [​IMG]
  4. rds9298

    rds9298 Hatching

    Feb 26, 2012
    I had an infestation of red mites. I used the DE, but it didn't do a whole lot to help. Then I started spraying lavender essential oil (diluted) inside the coop, especially on the roosts and in the nests. I even sprayed the chickens with it - under their wings, back of neck, and around their vents. This seemed to take care of the pesky little things!
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  5. tmfineg

    tmfineg Songster

    Jan 1, 2012
    Gallatin TN
    What a great idea! I wonder if scattering dried lavendar in the coop as a preventative treatment would deter them too. I am all about finding natural remedies.
  6. rds9298

    rds9298 Hatching

    Feb 26, 2012
    Yes. Actually, I've heard of some "old-timers" who used to always have bunches of lavender hanging in their coops. It's the linalool from the lavender that is toxic to red mites. During the infestation, I would always spray my boots, my gloves, and the hood of my jacket before entering the coop. I just wanted to make sure I didn't bring them into the house. If you google it, you'll see that some people have had that happen, and not been able to get rid of them.

    Also, whenever I clean the coop, I spray it - top to bottom - with "Thieves" from YL or "Four Robbers" (much cheaper and just as effective) from Birch Hill Happenings. Until the mite episode, in 7 years the only problem I have ever had was a banty with a cold. I attribute the health of my flock to the essential oils. I wouldn't be without them. They are my "medicine of choice" for my animals and my family! I have studied them extensively, actually used to private label my own until I discovered Birch Hill Happenings. You can go on-line for them.
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  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Watch out using heavy aromatics around chickens! They can actually be fatal to chickens, especially things like citronella.
  8. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon

    Jan 27, 2007
    Yep, Tea Tree Oil, which is as potent an acariside as eprinomectin (kills mites), if applied directly on chooks, could well do the chooks in.
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2012
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  9. wilbilt

    wilbilt Chirping

    Feb 20, 2012
    Nor Cal
    My wife used some Tea Tree Oil in a flea bath for our Chihuahua. A few hours later, after napping under a blanket, the dog was completely disoriented and could not walk or even stand up. The Tea Tree odor on her was pungent. She did recover, but was out of it for a few days.
  10. rds9298

    rds9298 Hatching

    Feb 26, 2012
    Yes that's right. You have to be very careful with essential oils, especially the "heavy hitters", around animals. Cats are especially sensitive. Never use an oil on a cat without researching it first.

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