How to use Essential oils with Chickens.
You may think that I have gone a little crazy using essential oils for chickens but hey, why not? They are brilliant, 100% natural and if used with care and caution they are very effective. Our chickens are really healthy and living proof that they work wonders. So…
What can go wrong with chickens? Literally anything? They can get:
- Mites and Lice
- Respiratory issues
In the year that I have had my seven chickens, I have encountered very few problems and luckily I have managed to find natural solutions for them. Our chickens are part of the family and I would like to introduce to you….
- Snowflake (seen in the front of the photograph and by far top of the ‘pecking order’)
- Fluffybum (seen on the right of Snowflake)
- Trev (seen on the left of Snowflake and named after a friends horse that died in the stables in front of my home from Colic – that’s another blog about essential oils to do very soon!)
- Nando (our weakest chicken who has a short top beak which is a great disadvantage when eating and if you name a chicken ‘Nando’ how would you think he would feel?)
- Eggbert (don’t ask! My husband, the comedian named her!)
- Sunshine (my 7 year old daughter named her!)
- Parry (she appeared one day in our coup, literally out of nowhere and after spending all day perched on my shoulder like a ‘Parrot’, Izzy named her Parry!)
Here are my personal recommendations to care for chickens:
- Make up a spray bottle with Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Oregano, Basil and Lavender to use inside their night time shelter to keep it healthy and bug free.
- Put one or two drops of Oregano and Rosemary in their water container.
- Add one tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar to their water container.
- Feed them freshly, finally chopped, dried herbs with their organic grain food.
- Give them Kangen Water to drink and add a piece Elite Shungite Stone for good measure.
So onto our chickens illnesses, one with Nando and the other with Parry our newest arrival. Nando is a very cuddly chicken who is happy to be picked up and walked around by anyone. She isn’t worried about the cats or dogs and if she is freely roaming around the property, she will often come to see what I am up to, especially if I am in the kitchen. I trained our first four chickens to be handled and petted so I could use them as therapy chickens. I have introduced many children to the magical world of chickens and have helped them overcome any fear that they may have had. The Ladies soon learnt that everytime I reached down with both hands open to pick them up, to crouch down and freeze ready to be picked up and handled.
Nando’s Eye Infection
Nando had a problem with her eye, the side of her face was swollen and her eye started to close over. After looking online, the prognosis did not look good, all sorts of nasty diseases were possible. I decided to give my oils a try before ‘putting her down’ which was the most recommended suggestion? I reached for my Frankincense, referred to as the ‘King of all oils’ because its wide range of incredible uses. I put one drop of Frankincense diluted with some CBD oil and applied it to the back of her neck. I decided not to put it on or too near the eye as I am not a chicken essential oil expert, yet! I re-applied twice a day for 3 days and sure enough, her swelling went down and her eye began to open. She is not 100% but she is definitely on the mend. One of the things she does now (from her time with only one eye open) is the ‘Moon Walk’. She walks backwards just like Micheal Jackson. It’s funny to watch her and I am please to tell you that we now call her ‘Moon Walk’ rather than ‘Nando’.
Parry, our miracle chicken who just appeared out of thin air, had a cough and again that’s not very good for chickens. It’s been very cold here for the last week or so and as the last one into the coup, she is definitely bottom of the ‘pecking order’ and is always at the end of the line in their shelter. I decided to use another very gentle but highly effective essential oil, Lavender, referred to as the ‘Queen of all oils’. I adopted the same approach but in addition to the neck, I added some to her chest. Once again, we are seeing positive results and I am sure Parry will be laying eggs again very soon.
Having chickens has been a dream of mine since I was 17 years old (I am now in my mid 40’s). I wanted to have my own vegetable and herb garden and chickens and now I have both. It doesn’t matter how long you have a dream for, because when it is finally realised the joy is so great and to eat our own organic, free range, happy and loved eggs is the best feeling ever and I thank them all daily. If you have ever thought about having chickens, just go for it, I didn’t have a clue what I was doing but if you research on the internet, ask advice at a local farm, speak to other chicken owners and have just a little bit of courage, you too could be like me enjoying fresh eggs everyday, it’s one of the most empowering things I have done and I am so proud of myself for being brave and doing something ‘way outside my comfort zone’!