Tuesday, May 7, 2013
I love my chickens. Besides the fact that they provide our family with really healthy eggs, there are other reasons that I love my chickens. I love them because I have raised them since they were chicks. I love them because they eat our scraps. I love them because they keep our compost stirred up and decomposing quickly.
And I will admit that I enjoy pampering my chickens. A healthy, happy chicken produces a healthier, more nutritious egg. And that translates into better nutrition for my family.
A friend of mine recently directed me to an article about herb use in chicken care, and through that article I stumbled upon this article that discusses using herbs in the nesting boxes. I knew that this was definitely something I wanted to try as I have a prolific amount of herbs and anything I can do to contribute to the health and well-being of my chickens interests me.
I think about the benefits that herbs and essential oils have had on me and my family, so why would they not be beneficial to chickens as well? So this morning, I put a combination of lavender, spearmint, sage, and oregano in each of the six boxes. The article I linked to above gave a list of common herbs and their benefits to chickens. I will alternate herbs as the growing season progresses and I have more herbs available.
And if nothing else our coop will smell pleasant!