What You Can Add To Your Chicken's Nesting Box

by Backyard Chicken Coops September 18, 2014

Having a nice, cosy nesting box for your flock is essential if you want them to produce tasty eggs everyday. But, there’s no reason that the nesting box should be limited to a simple bedding of straw.

Here are some lovely things you can add to your chicken’s nesting boxes to make it all the more inviting:


  • Lemon balm: As well as relieving stress and promoting calm among our chickens, Lemon Balm is full of antibacterial properties, and also a great all natural rodent repellent. To make sure you can harness all of this goodness for your girls, lay some fresh Lemon Balm in their nesting boxes.

  • Lavender:  Lavender is a great stress reliever for hens who might be a bit highly strung. It also helps to increase blood circulation, is a great natural insecticide, and of course smells heavenly! Add some fresh lavender to your coops nesting boxes to provide a bit of aromatherapy for your girls-they’ll love it!

  • Basil: Basil has antibacterial properties, so it will help to boost your feathery friends immune system - adding some freshly cut Basil to your nesting boxes will keep your hens home at the height of hygiene.

You can put dried or fresh herbs into the nesting boxes - the chickens will love both!


Edible flowers are another lovely nesting box addition. Why not try some of these:

  • Dandelion

  • Jasmine

  • Marigold

  • Pansy

When we say edible, we mean just the petals of the flower - not the rest!

Adding some edible flowers to the nesting box will not just make it look gorgeous, but it’ll create a beautiful environment for your girls to lay their eggs in peace and comfort.

Adding a few nice little touches to your hen’s nesting box is a great way to make it more inviting and comfortable for your charming girls. It’s a great way to take advantage of all the beautiful fresh herbs and flowers that bloom in spring, and to usher in a new season of fruitful egg-laying!

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