I’ve been reading countless articles lately regarding health concerns with backyard chickens.
I’m a little up tight. Maybe a tad bit more than a little.
The articles have freaked me out. I’m almost sure Miss H got sick from handling our chickens when we first had them. Which makes me even more cautious considering both my spectrum kiddos tend to have weak immune systems.
So let me tell you how I keep our homestead clean using Young Living Essential Oils. I try to keep our backyard chickens as clean as backyard chickens can be. So we can avoid getting sick from them. It really freaks me out. But I adore and appreciate our chickens so much. The cost savings they provide us with are awesome.
If you haven’t read the articles I’ll include the link below for your reading.
Anyways. After I noticed my daughter was really sick after handling our chickens I thought I better research. I know googling can lead to all sorts of worries, but it did also educate me. I wasn’t aware of the health issues that can be associated with backyard chickens. It makes sense they are dirty little animals as much as I adore them and appreciate what they provide us with.
So I thought I’d share some of my essential oil must haves when owning backyard chickens.
Let’s start with peppermint. One of my most favorite versatile oils. It serves so many purposes on a regular basis on our homestead.
- A natural disinfectant.
- Science supports the use of peppermint oil for combating salmonella.
- Helps aid against Staph, E. coli, salmonella, as well as Herpes and other viruses.
I use this homemade peppermint & lavender potion using Young Living Essentials.
Peppermint & Lavender Coop Cleanser
1 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar
1 cup warm water
2 TBSP Baking Soda
10 drops of peppermint oil
10 drops of lavender
Mix all ingredients in no order into a spray bottle.
Once a week I clear out the old hay. Spray the walls, floors, and nesting boxes with this coop cleanser.
I love that it’s not full of chemicals. It’s truly an affordable cleaner. A few drops doesn’t take much from your bottle of oils.
The second staple item we have in our house is thieves.
I wash the eggs gently with a potion using simply water and Young Living Essential Oils Thieves.
Once the eggs are dried they are easily stored in the fridge. This helps me to feel less intense about my concern for salmonella.
Lastly, I have the kids wash their hands with Thieves Cleansing Soap immediately after handling the chickens.
I throw their clothing into the wash and add a few drops of Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil to try to combat anything that might have made it’s way onto their clothes.
These are just a few things we use on a pretty daily basis.
But with the latest shared article regarding Backyard Chickens and the rise in salmonella I thought I’d share just a few things that work around our homestead.
If you have an interest in the recipes or decide to try them please let me know what you think!
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Thanks for reading!