The Ballet Chicken

In the Brooder
Nov 10, 2017
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Hi, I was wondering if you could put herbs in the brooder, water, and feed to help the smell, fight diseases and what not. I have some dried lav and cham and other fresh.
 

waddlehead

Chirping
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I use the scratch and peck herbs with awesome success. I am on my 3rd hatch with no issues or sickness yet.. I think as long as you are conscious of the properties of the herbs you should be fine. Just don't go adding things like boneset and you should be just fine..
 

aart

Chicken Juggler!
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Nov 27, 2012
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I like rosemary and sage, but only when cooking them. :gig
Seriously, herbage is more for the keeper than the chickens.
The chicks just need a good balanced chick starter ration and plain fresh water.

Best to get granite grit.
http://www.jupefeeds-sa.com/documents/GraniteGrit.pdf.
I bought about a 2 gallon bag of granite grit from the local mill, they put it in their chicken scratch. Ran it thru a colander with 1/16" holes. Bagged the smaller stuff for the chicks and sprinkle some over a chunk of sod in the brooder during the second week.
 

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