Herbs and Flowers Encourage Healthy Nesting
Updated: Sep 15, 2019
Chicken keepers have known it for ages. Offering a variety of herbal ingredients helps keep the girls happy. But what about our little indoor feathered friends - does the same concept apply?
According to researchers, it does. Studies performed on wild birds, such as the European starling, have shown that some birds collect herbs and flowers to incorporate into their own nests. While the exact reason still has not been pinpointed, these birds have shown noticeable increases in incubation time vs. those without access to such materials.
Increased incubation time means more successful hatching and healthier hatchlings. What is the connection, though?
One theory is that calming materials, such as chamomile, relax the birds and reduce stress levels. Another thought is that herbs, such as peppermint, serve as pest repellents.
Its also theorized that the aroma of herbs and flowers brings the security of masking the birds‘ scents and helping them to hide their nests from predators.
So What Should I Offer My Birds?
Easy to find herbal tea ingredients, such as chamomile, peppermint, yarrow and lavender, would be a good start. Add it to the cage or nest or mix it with your bird’s preferred nesting material and let them use it as they see fit.
We’ve developed our own mix that we’ve found the birds are really fond of. You can find our blend, Nest Nanny, in our Etsy Shop!