Whenever I cut back my many lavender plants, I toss the branches in the coop. Right away the chickens check it out and lavender is a great herb to use in the coop.
As they walked over it and stirred it around the smell of lavender was so strong and lovely.
I do it ever couple of days now and it smells so good as they continue to walk on it. I just rake it out when I clean. I even throw some into the henhouse where they sleep.
They love to come lay upon the stems when I toss it in. Maybe it is soothing to them like it is for us humans.
One thing I also noticed is that the days it is real fresh and the scent is strong, it seems to deter flies. I have lots of plants but I think I will plant some more so I have plenty to throw in over the summer months.
Take a tour of our newer coop here.