Herbs for Hen Health: Fennel

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Kassandra Smith

Senior Editor • Backyard Chicken Coops

Last Updated: 21 July 2020

fennel bulbs

If you want your chickens to provide you with lovely fresh eggs everyday, make sure you have some fancy fennel in your veggie patch. Fennel grows best in an open, sunny position in rich soil to help promote healthy bulb development- which is crucial to harnessing all of it’s best bits!

Good for your Hens

Fennel is known to enhance reproductive health in chickens, and so is an incredibly powerful laying stimulant for your girls. Add some freshly cut Fennel foliage to your nesting boxes and some shaved Fennel bulb to their feed to ensure fresh eggs all year round.

Good for your Garden

Unfortunately Fennel doesn’t take to having friends very well and so should be planted in a more isolated area of your garden.

Good for You

The bulb of the Fennel is where it’s at! This area of the plant is prized for it’s flavour and medicinal value, helping to treat various digestive problems including bloating, IBS, indigestion, and heartburn. Also like our chicken counterparts Fennel assists in promoting menstruation and easing the birthing process in women. It is fabulous roasted, thinly shaved into a salad, or even added to a pasta dish.

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.

From healthy diets to hygiene, we all want to do an eggcellent job when caring for our feathered friends. It's essential that you've got the right expertise you need to raise happy, healthy chooks. Did you know 67% of chicken keepers surveyed experienced a chicken health or behaviour issue in the first 12 months that they didn’t know how to handle?

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For optimal chicken health, you may find yourself asking: What to feed, when to feed, how to feed and why?! With so many options, preparing nutritious mealtimes can be stressful and overwhelming. Many health issues experienced by our girls are due to an imbalanced diet.

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