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Natural Remedies to keep a Healthy Flock

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I would like to go all natural with my chickens when it comes to illnesses and just health maintenance. I currently use Rosemary, DM powder, Apple Cider Vinager, Garlic. Any one else have suggestions on immune boosters & ancient medication for chickens?
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Truthfully, fresh air, clean water, fresh bedding routinely, plenty of space and a good food source is not real romantic but the best things for keeping a healthy flock. If you do this, you really should not have a sick flock.

 

mrs K

Western South Dakota Rancher
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post #3 of 9
2nd @Mrs. K keeping the coop clean and plenty room and of ventilations, fresh water and clean healthy food everyday and proper hygiene keeps my flock healthy. We are going 3rd year and so far none of ours get sick.
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Basic starter: Personally designed & built Shed/Coupe/Run: 3 Leghorns, 2 Plymouth Barred Rocks, 5 Silver Laced Wyandottes

NEW ADDITION: 4/21/15
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Black Copper Marans & Blue Marans
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Basic starter: Personally designed & built Shed/Coupe/Run: 3 Leghorns, 2 Plymouth Barred Rocks, 5 Silver Laced Wyandottes

NEW ADDITION: 4/21/15
Rhode Island Reds, Plymouth Barred Rock
Black Copper Marans & Blue Marans
12x24x7 additional run


NEW BABIES: 2/17/16
New Hampshires, Black Australorps, Amerecaunas,
Easter Eggers & Black Sex Links

NEWER YET: 3/16/16
Spe...
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post #4 of 9

What is DM powder?

 

 

Good basics should take care of everything, as stated in 2 posts above.

 

IMO, all that stuff is pretty much fluff, does more for keepers psychologically than it does for the birds physically.

Addition of a plethora of supplements can cause problems themselves,

or mask, complicate, and cause confusion in diagnosing any real ailments.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #5 of 9
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diatomaceous earth Good grade. Read wonderful things about it! Used mostly for parasites: internal & external. Naturally from the earth 😃
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diatomaceous earth Good grade. Read wonderful things about it! Used mostly for parasites: internal & external. Naturally from the earth 😃

Oh, DE.

 

Yeah, not good for a fraction of what's touted to 'cure'....and can be hazardous to boot.

Only good as a possible preventative when used in a dry place....only thing I've found to be absolutely effective is with killing grain mites in feed.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #7 of 9

One thing I recommend is keeping your soil covered.  A naked moon scape mud pit or dust bowl IMO is a disease haven.

Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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post #8 of 9
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Our ground here in Texas is usually dry as a cork. We live in a very wooded area & they free range around the house. We do not fertilize or put any chemicals on our yard.
post #9 of 9
If you live in an area where it gets cold but coconut oil on your chickens combs/feet als putting DE where your chickens take dust bathes helps get rid of mites I even put it in my nesting boxes in the summer it got so hot here so me got a awning pool and put our chickens in that the cold water done them some good and we put a fan on them at night and during the day but chickens can Handel coldness better than heat even in the winter I sometimes turn on the heat lamp just in case (cut a little hole in the wall big enough for heat lamps and box fans and change them out during Change of seasons) another good thing is feeding them DE and keeping windows open (if u have a feed room with Windows connected to your coop open them) before your hens are laying even open the nesting box to let in more of a breeze if it's summer leave window and neasting box open them shut the nesting box during the day (make sure no predators can get into your coop when you do this)
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