DIY coop freshener using herbs

Published on 19 April 2024 at 07:30


  • Dried Herbs: Choose a combination of fresh-smelling and possibly pest-repellent herbs like rosemary, lavender, cloves, peppermint, and lemon balm.
  • Breathable Fabric Bag: A muslin drawstring bag or a repurposed pillowcase works well.
  • Optional: Potpourri fillers like dried orange peels, pine cones, or wood chips (be sure they are safe for chickens to breathe around).
  • String or Twine (optional): For hanging the freshener.


  1. Dry your herbs: If using fresh herbs, spread them out in a single layer on a clean, well-ventilated surface out of direct sunlight. Let them dry completely, turning them occasionally, for several days until they are crisp and crumble easily.
  2. Fill the bag: Once your herbs are dry, combine them in the breathable bag. You can also add other potpourri fillers for variety and extra fragrance.
  3. Hanging (optional): If you want to hang the freshener, tie a piece of string or twine securely around the top of the bag.
  4. Placement: Hang the freshener in a well-ventilated area of your coop, ideally away from where your chickens roost or spend most of their time. Avoid placing it directly on the coop floor to prevent them from pecking at it.


  • Refresh the herbs: Every few weeks, give the bag a good shake to release the essential oils in the herbs. You can also add fresh herbs to the bag as needed.
  • Replace the bag: Replace the entire bag of herbs every few months, or sooner if the scent starts to fade.
  • Safety first: Make sure all materials used are safe for chickens to be around. Avoid using essential oils directly in the coop, as they can be harmful to their respiratory system.
  • Natural ventilation: While the freshener can help, proper coop ventilation is essential for long-term odor control. Ensure your coop has adequate ventilation to remove moisture and prevent ammonia build-up.

This DIY freshener is a natural and affordable way to keep your coop smelling pleasant. Remember to monitor your chickens and remove the freshener if they show any signs of respiratory irritation.



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