You don’t have to be afraid of using essential oils with your flock. With a little oil basics you too can learn to use them safely and effectively. Check out my recent blog post on Community Chickens!
Adding a drop to their water is not really a good idea. The EO will not disperse in water but will float on the surface and a chicken may ingest it virtually undiluted.
EO floating on top of water will not be there long, though. It is highly volatile and will quickly evaporate.
If we want to dose chickens with EO it needs to be in an oil base, as in the product you showed, in which it will disperse and be held, and be very diluted.
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That is why I typically use essential oils in very dilute amounts. Quality essential oils are not exactly an “oil”, much of the product and its constituents do diffuse throughout the water. In fact, most water founts have tops to reduce evaporation. Drinking water is changed daily so if by chance something does float to the surface it is likely to be discarded with the dirty muck at the bottom of a waterer. If an essential oil feels like an oil then it has most likely been cut with a carrier oil of some sort and would indeed float on the top. Again, my recommendations were made based solely on my experience using high quality EOs on my flock over the past year. Thank you for sharing your views on essential oil use. It’s great for others to read all aspects regarding essential oil use.
GREAT article. I would love to share this on my flocks FB page. would you mind?
No problem. I hope it will reach more people so they can realize essential oils are awesome natural tools to keep the flock healthy. Knowledge is power! Thanks so much for the share!