Have you ever wondered if you can use essential oils for chickens? The answer is yes! We use essential oils to repel insects, soothe injuries, and support healthy immune function for our laying hens. Here’s a list of our favorite essential oils for chickens.
Top 8 Essential Oils for Chickens
Why it’s good for chickens: Oregano is a powerful oil for strengthening the immune system.
How to use it: Keep your chickens healthy by adding one drop Oregano oil to 2 gallons of water each time you refill their water supply. We typically add 2-4 drops Oregano oil to a 5 gallon bucket of water.
Why it’s good for chickens: These three oils are wonderful for all kinds of skin irritations. This combination soothes troubled skin and promotes skin repair. We use it when a chicken has suffered an injury or lost feathers in an attack by other chickens or our dog.
How to use it: Add one drop of each oil to about 15 drops of carrier oil (we use fractionated coconut oil) and apply topically to areas of concern twice per day.
Why it’s good for chickens: Peppermint oil helps to repel flies. We add it to our homemade bug spray for humans, too!
How to use it: Mix 30-40 drops Peppermint oil with 2.5 gallons water and spray it around the coop and chicken run. Reapply after every rain or heavy dew.
6. Melaleuca (Tea Tree)
Why it’s good for chickens: Melaleuca oil helps to ward off mites.
How to use it: Mix 20 drops Peppermint oil and 10 drops Melaleuca per gallon of water. Spray heavily inside coop. Do this during the day when the chickens are outside the coop, and then allow time for the coop to air out before the chickens return. We also sometimes lightly spray the chickens when we suspect they’ve got mites, carefully avoiding their heads.
Why it’s good for chickens: Use an easy spray with Lemon oil to clean and disinfect the chicken coop.
How to use it: Mix about 30 drops Lemon oil with 8 oz. vinegar and 8 oz. water in a spray bottle. After cleaning out the coop, spray liberally with Lemon spray. Do this during the day when the chickens are outside the coop, and then allow time for the coop to air out before the chickens return.
8. Wild Orange
We haven’t tried this spray yet, but plan to keep it handy the next time we introduce new chicks or hens to our flock. Any citrus oil should work: Wild Orange, Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit.
Why it’s good for chickens: Use citrus oils to make an anti-peck spray. Chickens don’t like citrus flavors, and will stay away from the hens who smell like citrus oils.
How to use it: Spray diluted citrus oils on hens being pecked by their coopmates. Start with a few drops of citrus oil in a spray bottle of water. Increase ratio if necessary. Spray carefully on the victimized hens, avoiding the head area.
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