Marjoram (Origanum majorana
) is a perennial herb of the mint family that is known for it's mild, sweet, oregano-like aroma and flavor, especially in the Mediterranean region. It was used by ancient Greeks to make wreaths and garlands and was believed as a symbol of peace, harmony and happiness. Marjoram is also used in both Ayurveda and Yunani medicine to cure various human ailments. Marjoram contains many notable phytonutrients, minerals, and vitamins, which include: eugenol sabinene, alpha -terpinene, cymene, terpinolene, linalool, cis-sabinene hydrate, linalyl acetate, terpinen-4-ol and terpineol.
Several chicken keeper blogs recommend giving laying hens marjoram as a feed supplement; mixing the dried, crushed herbs in a large bowel to add to the feed.
Essential oils in marjoram herb have been found to have antibacterial functions by inhibiting many pathogenic bacteria like Staphylococcus, E.coli, shigella, proteus
, and Pseudomonas
Summary of Marjoram-related Research in Poultry
|Form||Bird type||Amount||Time period||Results||Ref|
|Leaf powder||Broiler chicks||0.5 - 1.5%||42 days||Significantly increased body weight|
Improved feed conversion ratio (FCR)
|A . Ali 2014|
|Oil||Broilers||1 g/kg||25 days||Showed more positive effects on performance than oregano or yarrow||D Cross et al., 2007|
|Fresh||Broilers||10 g/kg||25 days||Showed more positive effects on performance than oregano or yarrow||D Cross et al., 2007|