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TO KEEP RODENTS OUT OF THE CHICKEN COOP: Plant Some Mint, a natural rodent repellent. Spearmint, peppermint, wintergreen, even lemon balm which is also in the mint family, will all help deter mice. Try planting some mint around the coop and run in the spring. Sprinkle fresh or dried mint in the coop and nesting boxes year round.

Charcoal For Chickens. Absorbs toxins from food or water, improves hygiene and health. Better hygiene also helps prevent infections like Salmonella. Keeps digestive system healthy. A laxative and helps move the impurities it absorbs out of the body. If worms or worm eggs are present, it can to some degree help move them out of the body. Poultry feed containing 1-1.5% charcoal has resulted in increased laying rate, longer laying period, increased egg weight, and reduces odor of manure…

Whitewashing for inside chicken house. "Classic lime whitewash disinfects, repels insects, and preserves by sealing surfaces and wicking up water. It dries to an opaque white that beautifully reflects light to brighten up dim spaces."

Using Herbs in the Nest Box-not only smells nice and is healthy for the chickens to eat but it is a Natural Lice and Mite Prevention:

GERANIUMS Place upside down in cardboard box or paper bag.....cover with newspaper and store in garage, inside wall. Do not let plants freeze. Leave them in box 'till Spring when you replant them in fresh new soil (miracle grow) works well. Plant will start growing new leaves within a week. Do not cut any stems away for at least 6 weeks, plant will double in size.

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Overrun: How I made my chicken run predator-proof

cool info on how to build a super cool chicken run. Predator proof and roomy. From "my pet chicken" blog 20120904_172518

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