In your garden, you may have some plants that are great for curing or preventing ailments in your birds. Here are some of the fruits, vegetables, and herbs you can grow to give to your backyard poultry. Cucumbers, Squash, and Pumpkins Cucumbers are fun for chickens to pick at, and ducks to scoop out, but their seeds are used as a natural dewormer! Garlic Put a few cloves in the water container, and it acts as a great antibacterial and antiparasitic for your poultry, but do not give whole cloves to the birds directly. Basil Basil is a magical herb. Easy to grow, and has a lot of benefits. Basil in the coop helps repel unwanted insects such as mosquitos and flies. Chamomile Helps rid the birds of mites and lice, and is a great antiseptic, and helps detoxify your birds. Mint All varieties of mint aids the bird’s respiratory system, and helps repel rodents, acts as an insecticide, and many more properties! Nasturtium Serves as a natural dewormer, as well as an insect repellent, and is even believed to be a laying stimulant! Sunflowers Seeds are great for helping the feathers grow back nicely in birds after molt, and is also good in keeping them in good condition throughout the year!
Marigolds are also great for deterring insects, and also feeding it to poultry can brighten their egg yolks.