Herbs for Hen Health: Dill

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Kassandra Smith

Senior Editor • Backyard Chicken Coops

24 June 2014

Fresh Dill herbs on a chopping board

Dill is one herb you don’t want to skip on growing in your herb garden! This tall wispy herb is best grown annually and while it loves to bask in the warm Australian sun it does tolerate some afternoon shade too. Dill can grow to around three feet so it’s best to plant it towards the back of your veggie or herb garden to give your other herbs some breathing and sun space.

Good for your Hens

Thanks to Dill your chickens can breathe easy, this super herb assists with the respiratory health of your flock. It’s also a very powerful antioxidant so mix some freshly cut dill into your chicken feed to keep your hens at the height of health.

Good for your Garden

If you want extra delicious lettuce, asparagus or onion make sure they are planted next to dill as they complement one another’s growth and will make for an extra tasty salad when harvested.

Good for You

Just like for your chickens, Dill reads a long list of health benefits for humans which are derived from it’s organic compounds, vitamins, and minerals. Dill is a super immune booster, a congestion clearer for the respiratory system, can help calm your digestive system, and has relaxant properties to help treat insomnia. It’s calcium content and anti-inflammatory properties means it also helps to protect you from the loss of bone density and assists with the treatment of arthritis.

Also, here's something to get your mouth watering. Dill pairs particularly well with natural yoghurt and baked fish. Definitely something worth trying at home!

When working with herbs, there are a few simple rules to follow to keep your hens at the height of their health…

  • Some herbs will spoil very quickly, especially in summer, so be sure to refresh them every few days to really harness their goodness.

  • Remember! Treats in moderation-don’t overdo it. If you are unsure how much to give to your girls, it is best to check with your local vet.

  • Like with all herbal treatments each works differently based on the individual, and the same goes for chickens too. So keep this in mind and be sure to check for any reactions, allergies or particular dislikes.

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