My mom was a old chook person who used to rely solely on natural remedies for the health of her chooks, but needless to say as most kids do, I never used to take much notice of what she did, but now as I am a confirmed chookaholic I wish I did, a couple of things I can remember is she used to put some garlic in their water, supposedly to keep worms at bay and the other thing I can remember was sometimes she used to put condies crystals in their water, but I cannot remember for what reason. Does anyone else know why or if you know of any other natural remedies please let me know.
Post by fluffychook on Sept 16, 2008 7:48:31 GMT 8
I found this info when I did a little research, but not sure about the full moon bit
Condies crystals in their drinking water also worms them, as does cider vinegar (1 tbspn/gallon water). A lot of chooks will refuse garlic water. It's the sulphur that works in the garlic so you can also dose them with a teaspoon of sulphur powder in water. Supposedly, full moon is the time to dose them.
Ground pumpkin seeds are also supposed to work in chickens and humans and so is the dry shaved carrot that is left over when you juice carrots. Good thing about this is the chooks will totally eat it us as food.
Prevention is the best cure though. Plant some comfrey, nasturtium, borage, wormwood, pennyroyal and tansy in your chookyard or wherever they free-range. The chickens will nibble the herbs and keep parasites at bay. We only have comfrey in our garden but our chickens have never had worms.
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