Growing herbs around your poultry farm have been proven to be a great and economical way to keep your birds healthy, and productive. This is because they will improve immunity, they will also keep the chicken parasite-free and reduce stress or boredom.
Herbs are very easy to grow especially in most climates and they do not require extra fertilization nor special soil to grow. They have been found to be those natural part of chicken diets. They also offer vitamins, mineral and trace mineral that may probably not be included in commercial layer or broiler feed mixes.
The herbs farmers’ needs to grow are categorized into Perennial herbs and Annual herbs
The perennial herbs include; yarrow, Oregano, Thyme, Lemon Balm, Comfrey, Rosemary, Plantain Leaf, Sage, Beebalm, or Monarda, etc. These herbs grow bigger and bushier every year. Once the farmer starts having a consistent supply of these herbs, he will be able to use them to care for his chickens.
The annual Herbs are; Chamomile, Basil, Calendula, Dill, Nasturtium, Garlic, etc. theses herbs are high in antioxidants and should be planted in the garden as well.
Ways chicken can use herbs in the poultry farm
- Free-ranging near the herb garden
Allow the chickens to free-range near the herb garden will allow them to self-medicate especially if they are in a thriving herb garden.
- Use herbs as a supplement in food
Add the dried herbs to your bird’s food from 10 to 15% of the feed. This will help to strengthen your birds during seasonal molts, hot and wet weather stress.
- Use herbs as medicine in their water
If you need to treat all your birds due to a health challenge, infuse the herbs into their water. This because there are a lot of common chicken illnesses that herbal remedies can help to cure.
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