Herbs For Hen Health: Ginger

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Kassandra Smith

Senior Editor • Backyard Chicken Coops

Last Updated: 21 July 2020

The only thing better than growing your own food is cooking it, and every foodie knows that Ginger is a staple for spicing up recipes or adding a zest to your baking. Ginger is typically a warm climate plant, and to grow well it needs lots of water and nutrients, so liquid fertilizer in addition to watering helps Ginger to thrive.

Ginger root sliced up

Good for your Hens

For chickens, Ginger is known to be a  great appetite stimulant, anti-oxidant and also a stress reducer-perfect for when the pressure of being a hen gets all too much! Ginger is a miracle worker for our feathered friends circulatory system, helping to stimulate blood flow, so adding it to their diet in winter is a must. Try sprinkling some dried ginger over their feed, or grating some into cooked oats-what a treat! Take tea with your chicken companions and try out the super Ginger tea recipe below, ideal for both you and your flock.

Good for your Garden

We know how brilliant basil is for both you and your hens, so to give it an extra helping hand in the garden plant it next to Ginger and watch it thrive!

Good for You

While it’s culinary qualities are a delight, ginger’s health benefits are what make it a real winner. While it is best known for it’s gastrointestinal soothing effects, Ginger is comprised of a number of different compounds that can assist with many ailments. It’s known to be particularly helpful in, the stimulation of the circulatory system, working as an anti-inflammatory, easing nausea and motion sickness, gastric distress and easing pain and muscle soreness. To add Ginger to your diet, it’s as simple as mixing it into your next stir-fry or a pinch to favourite fruity dessert.

The benefits of ginger for our flock are undeniable! As chicken keepers, we want to do an eggcellent job when caring for our feathered friends. From herbal treatments to disease prevention, make sure that you've got the knowledge 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?

But don’t worry! Our feathered friends over at Chickenpedia have created a Chicken Healthcare Course. It is a comprehensive online course that covers everything you need, including what to look for in an unhealthy chicken and how to support your egg-laying hens to optimal health. All of their courses are really well structured and filled with vital information, which is why I highly recommend them to all of my readers! From raising baby chicks to feeding to behavior, you’ll find valuable information that’ll give you the knowledge and confidence to successfully look after your chickens.

Check out Chickenpedia today. As a member, you will also get access to the ALL of their chicken courses!

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