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How To Add Herbs to the Coop

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Fresh herbs and flowers dry along side mini-potatoes and garlic on vintage flower bulb drying trays.

Like most chicken keepers, I love spending time in the garden. Each year I plant and grow plenty of herbs for the family and the chickens.  In the summer, the girls enjoy nibbling on the fresh herbs. However, as the season begins to come to a close, we harvest what remains in the garden before the first frost. We then dry the herbs prior to future use. We use a few different techniques to dry the herbs and flowers based on their moisture content. Once dried, we use the herbs in cooking and also in the chicken coop!  Adding a sprinkle of dried chicken-safe herbs to the coop helps keep insects, mice, and parasites away. Plus I think it soothes the girls during their egg laying. To learn how to add herbs to the chicken coop read on.

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8 Ways to Fight Back Against Ticks for your Backyard Chickens

We pulled these immediately after a walk in the woods from our dog. We learned fast!

This year has been a very bad year for ticks on Cape Cod and it seems the rest of the country too.  Spring time’s weather was optimal for their population’s expansion.  We now have three types of confirmed ticks on Cape Cod including deer ticks, dog ticks and now sporadic reports of lone star ticks.  Did you know that there are over 800 species of ticks? The species of ticks that we have on Cape Cod can carry many diseases including Lyme disease, Erhlichiosis (Anaplasmosis), Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Tularemia, and Babesiosis.