Herbs for Chickens

Basil Anti-bacterial
Catnip Sedative, insecticide
Coriander Anti-oxidant, fungicide, good for strong bones, high in Vitamin A and K
Dill Anti-oxidant, relaxant
Fennel Laying stimulant
Garlic Laying stimulant
Lavender Stress reliever, insecticide
Lemon Balm Stress reliever, anti-bacterial, repels rodents
Marigold Laying stimulant
Marjoram Laying stimulant
Mint Insecticide and rodent repellent
Nasturtium Laying stimulant, antiseptic, insecticide, wormer
Oregano Combats coccidian, salmonella, avian flu, infectious bronchitis, blackhead and E. coli
Parsley High in vitamins, laying stimulant, good for blood vessel development
Peppermint Anti-parasitic, insecticide
Pineapple Sage Aids nervous system
Rose Petals High in vitamin C
Rosemary Pain relief, insecticide, respiratory health
Sage Anti-oxidant, anti-parasitic
Spearmint Anti-septic, insecticide
Tarragon Anti-oxidant
Thyme Anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant, anti-parasitic


Brassicas:  contain beta carotene , a good supplement for winter

Sunflower seeds – provides energy

Wheat sprouts – nutritious snack

Comfrey – dynamic accumulator, calcium rich, high in phosphorous, potassium, iron, and copper

Lemon Balm – anti-viral, anti-bacterial.  Cut a few stems each day and add to nesting boxes.

Clover – source of phosphorous and nitrogen fixer in the soil

Chicory – contains inulin fructan – a prebiotic that stimulates the growth of the absortive surfaces of the intestines improving digestion.