Fresh herbs have numerous health benefits for baby chicks. Given the opportunity, they will nibble on herbs and weeds in the brooder. Make this simple garland to not only keep your chicks busy and occupied, but also allow them to munch on small pieces of various herbs to start to develop a taste for them.
All you need to make your garland is some twine, a pair of scissors and some fresh bunches of herbs. Any culinary herbs are fine for your baby chicks. They all have various health benefits. I decided to use oregano, orange mint, peppermint, lemon balm, lavender, lemon verbena, parsley, marjoram and sage.
First I made a loop at one end of a length of twine that I cut about 2 yards long. Then I tied my bunches of herbs at intervals along the piece of twine.
Once your garland is the length you want, make a loop at the other end and then hang it in your brooder for your chicks (and broody) to enjoy. As you can see, it didn't take long before I had a taker!
All the culinary herbs are perfectly safe for your chicks and chickens to eat. For a list of common herbs and their benefits, read HERE. These are some of the herbs that I had on hand to use.
And that's about as easy as it could be. Remove the twine once the herbs have been eaten. You could also try stringing up some edible flowers such as roses, marigolds, nasturtium and violets.