Though in some parts of the country it doesn’t FEEL like winter and here in the Southland we are experiencing some record breaking heat, tis essential for homesteaders to keep their flocks healthy through this supposedly cold and dreary time.

Fellow homesteader, Amber, wrote about her success this winter with Jordanne’s Natural Poultry Supplement

“I’ve been using an all natural organic supplement that Jordanne Dervaes made and sells on her family website No light needed in my coop the girls lay anyway in spite of the long nights.”  – Amber

Raising chickens naturally and holistically has been a passion for Jordanne these last ten years. During those years, she’s acquired a lot of knowledge and know- how which is now available to help you naturally boost your backyard flock.

Jordanne in her own words:

The moment you put an animal behind a fence or provide it designated living quarters, you are taking on full responsibility for the life of that animal. If you are a person of conscience, then you want to treat the animal with kindness and concern and care for its comfort and safety. To provide the best care for any animal, one has to realize that nature and instinct, if left to its own devices, can provide the best. There is no way that we can improve upon nature.

Chickens and ducks are driven to choose what to eat based on instinct. In nature, they are not sole grain feeders but omnivorous birds that thrives on fresh vegetation, bugs, and even lizards and mice. Most poultry feeds eliminate the variety- leaving only grain and that alone makes for a sickly bird.

I have studied multiple books about poultry and very few dedicate any page space to the healing of illness and disease. The general belief is that chickens are cheap, short-lived and when they get sick, the best thing is to put them down because it is all too much trouble. But why does it have to be that way? If we take the time and responsibility to raise a healthy bird, the diseases, parasites and illnesses become afterthoughts. In the long run, prevention will be the best way. Sure, bad things will happen and every animal is mortal, but by concentrating on the holistic balancing of the body through minerals, vitamins and herbs, you can help not only the bird but also yourself — for the health of poultry is transferred to you via eggs (or meat, if you are a meat eater).

This feed supplement mixture comes from my long time observation of chickens and ducks (what and how they eat) as well as from our family’s knowledge of herbs. It is used on my own chickens and ducks. Several years ago, when I raised batches of chicks for selling I used the ingredients in this formula. To this day, people tell me that the chickens obtained from me were the healthiest, most adjusted and have some of the best plumage. I’m excited to be now marketing this supplement because I am passionate about caring for poultry holistically and bringing them back to their natural state and far away from the constant over-medication the poultry industry claims they need. — Jordanne Dervaes


An herbal dietary supplement that is all natural with no artificial chemicals or synthetic medications. This formula was developed using ancient knowledge of the power of herbs combined with personal, hands-on experience caring for poultry.

We have raised many unmedicated, unvaccinated chickens without any instances of coccidiosis, diarrhea, pasty-butt, or mareks disease. Most commercially prepared poultry foods are not complete and balanced. Although they may offer the basics to keep a chicken alive, they don’t provide all the trace nutrients and diversity of minerals a foraging bird would consume. Additionally, most poultry are prevented by confinement from feeding naturally. A chicken or a duck, if allowed to roam its natural habitat, will forage for a wide variety of foods and glean essential minerals from the soil, thus consuming its own preventative treatments from herbs, plants and dirt.

This is a blend of tonic (nutritive) herbs. Tonic herbs are used to attempt to improve general health, boost energy levels, and improve body tone. It is also fortified with vitamins and minerals for healthy growth and sound development. Holistic therapies address the health of the entire animal by gradually balancing the systems of the body, strengthening the immune system, and preventing disease.

The combination of herbs in this formula is traditionally used as a preventative and to build a stronger immune system so poultry can more easily fight viruses, parasites, and disease.

Safe for chicks and ducklings! Get your babies off to a healthy start!

Ingredients: Colloidal trace minerals (contains over 40 vital minerals from the soil and the sea) , Tonic Herb Blend, Kelp, Powdered Probiotics, Yeast Culture (powdered and dried fermentation of raw liquid and cereal grains), Garlic, Vitamin and Protein Mix (contains some soybean flour)

BUY Jordanne’s Natural Poultry Supplement and keep your hens happy and healthy this winter

If you are frequent visitor to homesteading sites, poultry message boards, please spread the word. Remember, if you do purchase this product and see good results, please take time to leave feedback. If you are a blogger, writer and would like to write a review of this product (or chickens, ducks, goats for that matter) contact Jordanne at jordanne(at)urbanhomestead(dot)org

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  1. Jenille Miller says:

    I really enjoy your website and all the really cool, inspiring things you’ve done! Thanks for the great article on wintering poultry. I live in Idaho where the highs in January rarely top 32 degrees and the lows dip below zero. This year has been unseasonably warm with record highs to almost 50 degrees. But I digress! One of the biggest problems I’ve found is keeping the water defrosted. I hung an infared heat light over the fountain (up high enough that the chickens can’t get to it.) I also have a “daylight” fluorescent fixture on a timer to give them some more light but haven’t used it yet. Each hen usually lays an egg a day. As “designated Poultry sous chef,” I am in charge of preparing chopped lettuce and fruit, veggie peels, bread scraps, and other treats to help supplement their feed. I let them roam when the weather permits. They don’t seem to mind a bit of snow. Now, if I can just get Roger Rooster to realize that I am his friend…

  2. Lori from PA says:

    I love Jordanne’s natural affinity for animals – almost a psychic connection with them!

    We also have always mixed our own diet for our poultry instead of giving them the expensive pre-packaged feed, and have always seen good results.

    I thoroughly agree with the addition of sea and soil minerals. We add Geobond (diatomaceous earth and French clay) to our flock’s feed daily, as well as sea salt. Geobond deworms them and sea salt keeps their hearts beating well into old age.

    I also applaud the garlic as a sulfur source. We give shredded broccoli stalks for the sulfur, and the smell attracts them back immediately to the henhouse at bedtime.

    For 1/3 of their diet, we mix in black oil sunflower seeds specially coated with vitamin A, D-3, iodine and vegetable oil. The protein content of just that portion of their feed is 14%, with plenty of roughage. We buy it cheaply in bulk and store it in the cool root cellar.

    Another 1/3 of their diet comes from bulk oats, which have a natural vitamin E content of their own, and can be stored at length.

    The final third of their diet is soft fruit and vegie scraps along with other treats and whatever they can forage on their own.

    We keep a constant eye on the list of crops that have been genetically modified, and will not allow those into our house or into our animal feed. Even if there is an organic or heirloom version of the crop, it is eliminated due to potential cross-pollenation with GMO versions of the same thing.

    I also love Jenille’s comment about the roo!

    • Brian says:

      Lori, where do you get Geobond?

      Thanks for the info!

  3. PlateauGardener says:

    Our chickens lay quite well in the winter time, in spite of our northern location. They have free range of the entire yard (2 acres), and we frequently give them treats from the kitchen and garden. But I would like to give them an alternative to store-bought feed, and appreciate your willingness to research and share! Thanks Lori and Jenille, for your words of wisdom, too!

  4. Dan says:

    I was so excited to see this article. I just put an offer on a property today, with about an acre of space to garden and grow my own little homestead. This first thing I plan to do is to put up a coop and get a few laying hens.
    I have to agree with her on the bad starts we give to the animals we take into our care. Poor or incorrect food in any life form will lead to problems.
    If you put good wholesomeness in, you get good wholesomeness out. That saying is true with every endeavor in life.

  5. Asza says:

    This comment is random and rather off-topic, but I’m looking fro advice. Here it goes: I’m a kid (Just turned 13) and we have a super shade yard, due to our big old tree. We always to to have a garden, but the plants don’t get enough sun. I was thinking that many we could keep some animals that produce food. Chickens seem like a good place to start. I was looking for chicken advice online when I stumbled across this website. I was just wondering: Do you have any advice to new chicken keeper?

    Sorry for “littering” this comment on a blog were it doesn’t belong.

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