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Herbs for Healthy Backyard Chickens



Keep your backyard chickens happy and healthy with a diet chock full of fresh (or dried) herbs. All kinds of culinary herbs and edible flowers contain a multitude of vitamins, minerals and other components that contribute to better flock health.

Some herbs target specific body parts or functions, while others are beneficial to overall health.






I grow my chickens their own herb garden that they love to wander through nibbling at the fresh herbs and taking dust baths in. I also dry excess herbs to crush and add to their feed in the winter when fresh are not available.

Herbs don't need a lot of space and you can easily grow several varieties even in a windowbox or container. My kitchen herb garden that I have on our back deck (to keep those herbs safe from the chickens!) is full of basil, dill, mint, parsley, sage and thyme that I use in my cooking.  

My kitchen herb garden only measures about 2x3. You can easily grow your chickens plenty of herbs in a similarly-sized planter. 



My chicken's regular herb garden next to the coop is a 4x6 raised bed garden, in which I'm able to grow more than enough herbs for them - plus allow them space to take dust baths right in their garden! A 4x4 garden or even a 2x2 garden will provide lots of space for a couple of varieties of herbs.

Herbs can be offered free choice or added to the feed. I prefer to let my chickens choose what they want to eat, and how much, and have spent a lot of time watching my flock to see which herbs they seem to prefer.

If you're just getting started with chicken keeping or herb gardening, this list of various herbs and their specific focus on backyard chicken health might come in handy. 


Herbs for Healthy Backyard Chickens

Herbs for Overall Chicken Health

Bay Leaves
Chervil 
Garlic
Parsley

Herbs for Chicken Circulatory System Health

Basil (pictured below)
Garlic
Hyssop
Marjoram
Parsley
Rosemary


Herbs for Chicken Digestive Health

Basil
Chives
Dandelion
Dill
Mint
Oregano
Parsley (pictured below)
Rosemary


Herbs for Chicken Eye Health

Borage
Chamomile
Goldenseal
Thyme 
Yarrow

Herbs for Chicken Immune System Health

Basil
Bay Leaves
Cornflower
Echinacea
Oregano
Sage
Thyme

Herbs for Chicken Pain Relief

Calendula
Chickweed
Comfrey
Dandelion
Rosemary


Herbs for Chicken Parasite Control

Garlic
Nasturtium (pictured above)
Peppermint 
Plantain
Sage
Thyme

Herbs for Chicken Reproductive Health

Dandelion
Fennel
Lavender (pictured below)
Marigold
Marjoram
Nasturtium
Parsley
Peppermint
Raspberry Leaf
Sage


Herbs for Chicken Respiratory Health

Basil
Bee Balm
Dill
Echinacea
Garlic
Lovage
Mint 
Nasturtium
Oregano
Rose Petals
Rosemary
Thyme (pictured below)
Yarrow


Herbs for Chicken Wound Care

Calendula
Comfrey
Goldenseal
Hyssop
Rosemary
Yarrow

Consider growing an herbal first aid kit for your chickens! 

Adding some fresh herbs to your chickens' diet and environment will help make sure your flock is happy and healthy....naturally! 

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