Herbs for Healthy Chickens

We did not just start to use herbs for raising healthy chickens, organic poultry has been in existence for decades. But thanks to the recent documentation by organic poultry practitioners.

Different herb species have found their way into the poultry industry as the war against antibiotics becomes more real. In fact, a lot of farmers now cultivate herbs and spices on their farms in order to have a ready solution to poultry diseases. So, the question now is, will every herb in the fieldwork be for poultry health? You will find out in the following paragraphs.

Obviously, not all herbs are beneficial to chickens, and our knowledge of what works is based on years of experimentation in the field. What am I trying to say? There are several herbs that have been found to work for poultry health, but discoveries have not stopped. Day after day, we are getting to discover more herbs and the interaction between several herbs when given to chickens.

Why Organic Poultry Farming?

Organic poultry farming has loads of benefits, and it is becoming the new way every farmer is trying to adopt. Apart from the public health benefits of organic poultry, it also helps farmers to save costs. It is practically easy to cultivate most of the herbs that will be mentioned by yourself and administer to your chickens instead of spending money on drugs. If you master the art of organic poultry well, you can even do away with vaccines. So, why won’t you do organic?

Some Herbs, Roots and Spices You Must Use as an Organic Poultry Farmer

These are some local herbs, roots and spices that can be used by an organic poultry keeper or farmers.

  1. Tagiri plant
  2. Garlic
  3. Ginger
  4. Bitter leaf
  5. Aloe Vera
  6. Neem (Dogoyaro)
  7. Pawpaw
  8. Basil (Scent Leaves)
  9. Cayenne Pepper
  10. Cloves
  11. Black Pepper
  12. Tumeric

Some Herbs and their Uses in Organic Poultry Health


Garlic Bulbs

This is one of the most important herbs to keep healthy chickens if you intend to venture into Organic Poultry Farming. The interesting thing about garlic (Allium sativum) is that it does not just do one thing; it is a master of many healing acts. Garlic is known for its antibacterial, antiparasitic, antiviral, antiprotozoal, anti-inflammatory properties and more.

Tagiri Plant

Tagiri fruit

If you have ever heard about tagiri (Adenopus breviflorus), people will tell you that it’s an irreplaceable magical bulb. I feel like cheating nature in praise when I call it one of the herbs for healthy chickens. This is because tagiri plant is able to ward off even viral diseases. It practically replaces vaccines and boosts your chickens’ immune system.

Bitter Leaf

Bitter Leaf Plant

If you must raise broilers in an organic way, you cannot have bitter leaf (Vernonia amygdalina) extract. This is because, among other things, bitter leave extract does great work in preventing and controlling coccidiosis.



Ginger (Zingiber officinale) for poultry often goes side by side with garlic to effect the terrific properties of any disease agent. This root plant not only makes its way into the human dishes but has become one of the chickens’ favorites too.

Scent Leaf / Basil

Scent leaf

Interestingly, scent leaf or basil (Ocimum gratissimum) controls diarrhea both in humans and chickens. It is one of the herbs you can use for your chickens to ensure their intestinal health. Some people even combine bitter leaves and scent leaves to treat coccidiosis

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera

Aloe vera gel (Aloe barbadensis) is a game-changer when it comes to boosting the immunity of your healthy chicken. This plant is also a go-to herb in combating some viral disease of poultry. You should give it a try.

All these and loads of other herbs and spices are being put into use by farmers across the globe. But the question now is, how do you use each of them? What is the right dosage for each, when can you use them, and for how long can you use them? Gladly, some professionals have dedicated their time to document all these, and you will be climbing on their shoulders if you can get their resources. For example, you can lay your hands on a 48-page Complete Guide to Organic Poultry Farming.

herbs for healthy chickens

And just before you begin to experiment on your own, please know that some of these herbs for chicken health are dangerous to certain birds. Some of them cannot be combined or mixed together if you don’t want to cull your chickens. For example, it is said that Tagiri extract is dangerous to pullets of 14 weeks and above. This is one of the reasons to work with the documentation from those who have been practicing.

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19 thoughts on “Herbs for Healthy Chickens”

  1. Good evening.
    My name is Oyo Sarya from Indonesia.
    From 2009 we started the business of broiler broiler chicken enlargement, treatment of chickens using antibiotics, but in 2013 we held a discussion about health For connoisseurs of chicken meat, it turned out that after we knew the dangers of antibiotic residues for consumers, were they one of us in the hospital? the cause.
    at that time we also replaced all antibiotic medicines and replaced them with herbs, probiotics and prebiotics, as well as the vaccine we also left behind, until now, today we use herbs, probiotics and prebiotics.
    We want to register the certification of organic chicken meat, but in Indonesia it is difficult to ask forgiveness, between the livestock service office and the agency that issues certificates does not synchronize the rules.
    What I want to ask is whether we can register organic chicken meat in other countries?

    Thank you
    Best regards
    Oyo Sarya

    • Thank you, Sarya.

      If I understand you correctly, you are asking if it is possible to get certification for your organic chicken meat from another country.

      I believe that you are selling within Indonesia, and if that is the case, you will have to fulfil all the requirements for getting the certification there.

      We can be considering pursuing certification from another country if you are exporting the chicken meat to that country.


    • Thank you, Muyiwa.

      Sure, you should be able to get most of them. You will also be added to a discussion group where you can ask people where to get some of the herbs. There are key places to get each herb in every location.
      Thanks again

  2. Hi! Please can u give us an exactly dose of dried and essential oil of origano? Because it is best to use for organic brioller system. I am from Nigeria sokoto state. Thanks

  3. Hello opeyemi, am interested in the ebook How can I get it and after getting the book will their be a mentor to put us through whenever we need help

  4. Yes it is possible here in Zambia with one condition if we can work as partiners for further information please watsapp me on 0979522309 my name is Leonard Kapambwe Zambian citizen, i stay in Kitwe Town.Thanks


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