oils for chickens

Oils for Chickens (part 1)

We just got our first egg this week!!!  It’s so exciting!  I have the cutest wire hen egg basket just waiting to get filled to the brim with delicious farm fresh eggs.

oils for chickens

We even discovered that we have an Americana chicken – hence the gorgeous blue egg!

I love my chickens, I love that they poop out breakfast for us.  Their delicious butt nuggets are precious to us.  I want to keep them as healthy as possible so, of course, I’m always on the lookout for the most organic ways to do so.

I will share a few secrets we use to help keep our flock in the best possible health.  Part one of this series will feature the powerful herbal oil  – OREGANO!  (We like to say it like they do on the Great British Baking Show  – Or-e-GAH-no; it’s fun, you should try it.)

 

oregano oil on egg scale copy

Chickens are not the heartiest of animals.  They are susceptible to illnesses and diseases such as salmonella, infectious bronchitis and e-coli.   These can quickly and sadly wipe out your whole flock.

Oregano has been proven to have powerful antibiotic properties, so we use it in an effort to avoid synthetic alternatives. Lisa, chicken eggspert (see what I did there), from Fresh Eggs Daily, says

“Oregano is one of the most powerful natural antibiotics ever studied and has been found to be superior to many of the currently used antibiotics. The oil is more potent than the fresh or dried herb, but in any form, its hard to deny the power of oregano.”

You can certainly grow Oregano and other medicinally helpful herbs fairly easy, in fact planting my herbs is on my to-do list for this week.  In the mean time – and in addition to – fresh herbs for the chickens to eat, I like to use the potent essential oil.

A few drops once or twice a week in the chicken’s water helps build their immune system.  This herb is also helpful as it has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties.

Even large commercial chicken companies, such as Perdue, are beginning to use these natural remedies to keep their chickens healthy.  I’m sure you’ve noticed the “no antibiotics ever” signage on almost all the packaging of store bought chicken.  Laws are being passed to reduce or eliminate the harmful chemical additives that will enter our bodies through our food.  Commercial producers been forced to seek alternative methods, but will certainly not waste their money on anything that has been proven ineffective.  So you can follow the dollar on this advice!

I also chose my oils carefully.  If I’m trying to avoid any harmful additives, I certainly don’t want to have those added to the oil I’m using!  It’s a waste of money and defeats the purpose.

About 4 years ago, I was introduced through friends to the Young Living company and after researching their products, chose them as my sole supplier for essential oils and other non-toxic products.

They carry a vitality line for oils that I use for ingestion.  Their products contain absolutely no additives and all oils are 100% therapeutic grade, 100% OIL so I feel confident using them with my birds.  Be vigilant when choosing a company for your essential oils and make sure it’s a company that provides a quality guarantee.  You want to make sure there is nothing else in the bottle other than the oil.

Whether you grow your herbs or use the essential oils derived from the plants, make sure to add Oregano to your must-have list!

I can’t wait to share pics of my sprouts when I finally get them planted and soon a full basket of colorful eggs!

If you’d like to know more about the oils we use for our family and animals, shoot me an email at thecottenpatch6@gmail.com or grab your own starter kit like I did, here!

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