Lavender, for a Stress-Free Coop

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Lavender, for a Stress-Free Coop
Lavender is one of my favorite herbs to use in my chicken keeping because it has so many benefits for chickens when you add it to their nesting boxes. Its relaxing and stress-relieving properties can help calm laying and setting hens. Chickens need to feel that the nest is a safe place to lay their eggs, so the more relaxed you can make them, the better chance they will use the boxes to lay their eggs — and if you have a broody hen sitting on fertile eggs, adding some fresh or dried lavender to the nesting box can encourage her to sit for the duration of the incubation period. Lavender also repels insects such as mites, lice, and ticks. This is especially important with broody hens because the warm, dark area under the hen is a perfect breeding spot for these parasites. If you have chicks hatching, you definitely

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