Freshening the Nests

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Warming spring weather and more action in the nest boxes means the ideal environment for little bugs and critters. It is so wet and humid here in the Pacific Northwest this time of year, that we try to pay close attention to keep the nest boxes dry and clean. Last year, we started adding dried herbs to our next boxes having read that they can serve both as air fresheners and antibacterial/antiseptic additions–giving the hens a little extra boost in anti-bug action. Whether it actually does that or not, it does make for pretty little nest for the girls to leave their gorgeous eggs.  We’ve added a combination of organic dried rose petals, calendula, red clover blossoms, and lavender.  That way, if the hens decide they want to try a sample, they are all edible and toxin-free!