Beneficial Herbs for Chickens & Quail

This has been posted with the expressed permission from the Author Sally Peckett from PS Poultry.  This was on her Facebook page but she has since closed that page down.

PS Poultry February 23 ·

Growing herbs for your chickens is a great way to add to their diet. There are so many that are beneficial to their health and well being.

Here is a list you can grow easily, and the benefits for your poultry:

  • Basil – Used for mucus membrane health and has antibacterial properties
  • Catnip – Repels insects and used as a sedative/relaxant
  • Cilantro plant base…flowers and seeds are coriander). – Helps keep fungus at bay, antioxidant properties, bone health, high in Vitamin A for eye health and Vitamin K for blood clotting
  • Dill – Respiratory health, antioxidant properties, sedative/relaxant
  • Fennel – Enhances reproductive health (egg laying)
  • Garlic – Enhances reproductive health (egg laying) / helps control parasites
  • Lavender – Smells wonderful, lowers stress, circulatory health, , insect repellent
  • Lemon Balm – Smells nice in the coop, lowers stress, antibacterial, repels rodents
  • Marigold – Enhances reproductive health (egg laying)
  • Marjoram – Enhances reproductive health (egg laying)
  • Mint – Used in nest/coop -(all kinds) – insecticide and rodent repellent
  • Nasturtium – Enhances reproductive health (egg laying), antiseptic, antibiotic, insecticide, de-wormer
  • Oregano – Contains antibiotic properties which may help prevent avian flu, blackhead, coccidia, e-coli, infectious bronchitis and salmonella
  • Parsley – Promotes circulatory system development, enhances reproductive health (egg laying), rich in vitamins
  • Peppermint – helps control parasites, insect repellent,
  • Pineapple Sage – Promotes nervous system health, smells wonderful
  • Rose Petals – Highly aromatic, high in Vitamin C
  • Rosemary – Pain relief, respiratory health, insect repellent
  • Sage – Antioxidant, helps control parasites,
  • Spearmint – Antiseptic, insecticide, stimulates nervous system, circulatory and brain functions
  • Tarragon – Antioxidant properties
  • Thyme – Promotes respiratory health, antioxidant, has antibacterial properties,

Herbs help control parasites as well as rats and mice. Dried herbs in the nesting box can also act as a disinfectant and a deterrent for lice and mites. 🙂 Go herbs go natural.

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