Healthy chickens equal healthy eggs. One of the most important things we can do as chicken keepers is to maintain the health of our flock. Many people turn to medicated feed to accomplish this (especially with chicks). However, I’ve never been very comfortable with that idea…with all of the over use of medication in our modern society – one of the reasons I raise chickens is so I get a healthier egg, and that means one from a chicken that didn’t get fed medication all the time…I mean, there has to be a better way, right?!
There is! We use oregano essential oil for our chickens. We love to turn to nature for answers whenever we can, and we’ve found this natural option to be stellar (not to mention cheap and easy!). Oregano essential oil has powerful anti-microbial properties and is an amazing boost to the immune system of our chickens.
How to Use Oregano Essential Oil for Your Chickens
The thing to remember is, using the highest quality of essential oils – and for that I hands down recommend doTERRA. You can learn more about how they ethically and sustainably produce third party tested essential oils HERE.
For chickens, all you need to do is add one drop of oregano essential oil to about a gallon of water, mix it up slightly, and your birds will continue to mix it as they drink their water. You can also add a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar as an extra natural supplement to aid in their digestion.
For chicks, I like to add it to their feed. I add one toothpick (this method is explained in the video above) of oregano essential oil to a 2oz glass spray bottle of water, shake it up, and then mist the chicks feed lightly. This gives them a small dose of the oil without soaking their feed.
I do this about once every other week, to help maintain their healthy immune systems (research to back that up here & here). It only costs me 25 cents a month to do this! And I can rest easy knowing I’m doing something very good for my birds without compromising the quality of their eggs.