This is my first post! Yay! I wanted to share an article about natural chicken maintenance. I hope some will find it useful. I have used some of these methods for the last two years with my small flock of 6. Just a few great points: Garlic to reduce mites p.2 Garlic in water to prevent worms and parasites Peppermint, woormwood, and nasturtiums planted around coops to control intestinal parasites p.3 Probiotics (yogurt) and Prebiotics and Organic Acids (ACV)p. 4 And many many more great combinations of plants and herbs to keep our flocks healthy. Link to the article below: http://www2.ca.uky.edu/afspoultry-files/pubs/Natural_remedies.pdf Hope this is useful.