Lavender aromatherapy., learn about its effects on your chickens.

Lavender aromatherapy, learn about its effects on your chickens.

If you want happy, safe hens, coop bug control, and a peaceful run, you can’t go wrong with lavender aromatherapy. Here’s the explanation. There is no real scientific evidence on the therapeutic effects of chicken lavender.

There’s a lot of anecdotal material on the internet that sings its praises. And it’s considered to be a gentle herb that won’t hurt your chickens, even if it’s eaten.

Herbs can be a perfect addition to holistic care for the wellbeing of your poultry. As long as you don’t assume that your chickens can be cured of practically any herbal disease on their own, you’re not going far wrong.

 lavender used as a source of relief to chickens

In humans, relatively comprehensive research has shown that the scent of lavender can lower the heart rate and lower blood pressure. Tests have also been performed on rats that show that exposure to oil for seven consecutive days significantly decreased anxiety. Similar work on mice and rabbits with both oil and dried flower buds has shown the same results.

No studies have been carried out on the effects of lavender on chickens, but considering its soothing effects over a wide variety of other animals, it is possibly fair to conclude that it can also help relax chickens.

Hens do not like noise and tend to be undisturbed and comfortable as they sleep, so they can enjoy the occasional touch of lavender in their nest boxes.

Lavender aromatherapy is used for soothing chickens

Work on lavender with mice has shown that it is capable of calming down aggression. It goes hand-in-hand with its consequences of calming down the central nervous system: a less heightened, more relaxed state of consciousness is expected to follow.

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Is it going to calm down an angry rooster?

Evidence suggests that the benefits of aromatherapy are not especially long-lasting. So, while the violent rooster may become nicer when he’s in the immediate vicinity of the lavender, it’s doubtful that he’d stay that way out of the coop.

It’s worth a try, but don’t expect it to deter the rooster from assaulting you if that’s what his instincts are telling him to do. If you would like to try the soothing effects of lavender in the main roost, sprinkle some dried buds with whatever sort of bedding you use.

Also, be careful with the use of fresh herbs in bedding-it will rot unless you change it very often. Instead, hang a few bunches of new lavender around your coop. That’s exactly what I do, and if nothing else, it makes the room smell good!

Lavender aromatherapy can also be used for wound healing.

Medical research has shown the antibacterial role of essential oils, the tea tree being the most active and lavender, together with peppermint and thyme, coming near to the second. Tea tree oil, in addition, has been found to be effective in the fight against bacteria. It follows, therefore, that the use of a mixture of tea tree and lavender oil for any kind of chicken wound will help.

Lavender aromatherapy is used as a repellent for insects.

Chicken coops are known to attract flies, particularly in hot summer months. Aside from the obvious means of keeping flies in the bay-keeping bedding clean and dry, scooping poops every day, removing wet or unused food-lavender will help.

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Of course, whether you believe in using natural remedies for your flock is entirely up to you. Scientific proof exists for the importance of lavender, as can be seen here. But it’s not the solution to anything, and as always, you have to make your own decision on what’s best for your flock.

Where to buy Chickens in Akwa Ibom State

Since chicken is the only meat that has no negative health conditions, you can always use it to prepare any local and continental dishes of your choice. In Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria, you can buy chickens from at the following locations;

  • Uyo, The Akwa Ibom State capital:

    Number 215 Udo Umana Street opposite Akpan Andem Market, Uyo

  • Oron, Akwa Ibom State:

    Number 27 Market Square by Aba Street, Oron, Akwa Ibom State

  • Eket, Akwa Ibom State:

3 park road, opposite Chinese market, Eket.


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