Keeping chickens healthy with a wide variety of fresh herbs and kitchen scraps is easy with this guide!
Herbs that chickens can eat
Chickens are known to eat just about anything. They curiously peck at everything and determine if it is edible or not. Herbs are no exception to this rule, and they provide a boost of nutrients to our feathered friends!
Fresh herbs can be used in many different ways with chicken keeping. Fresh herbs can be added to nesting boxes to add their holistic properties. Hens can enjoy the fresh aroma while they curiously peck at it and lay their eggs.
Fresh herbs are important to add to their daily diet. They are packed with nutrients that can target organs or are great for over all health.
Herbs for Chicken Immunity
Growing an herb garden for chickens is easy to do. Herbs are so easy to grow. You can plant them from seedlings and sow them directly in the soil or in pots. They are not very finicky and will grow in sandy soil and full sun.
I grow my herbs in the spring and summer mostly. When the growing season dwindles down, I harvest my herbs and dehydrate them to preserve them and use them for my chickens throughout the winter.
Chickens are highly intelligent animals and enjoy foods of different colors and textures. They enjoy changes in their routine and are very curious beings. Fresh herbs will be devoured in no time!
Herbs for overall chicken health
- Dandelion (including the root)
- Fresh grass
- Echinacea (root, leaves and flower)
- Bay leaves
Herbs for Chicken immunity health
- Bee Balm
Herbs for Chicken Respiratory Health
Herbs for Chicken Digestive Health
Herbs good for laying production
Herbs to help deworm chickens
- Nasturtium flower
- Raw pumpkin seeds (obviously not an herb, but a very effective, holistic and healthy option to deworm)
Herbs for chicken pain relief/wounds