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Is Colloidial Silver safe for Chickens?

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I was wondering if anyone has information or experience with giving
Colloidal Silver to chickens. Colloidal Silver is one of the most powerful anti-biotic, anti-viral products on the market having been tested to kill over 650 parasites and very safe for humans but is it safe for chickens?  Thanks, John

post #2 of 23

excellent question  I'm very interested in hearing this, too.

Momma loves her babies!  8 cats, 45 inside birds, 3 guineas,  RIRs, BRs,  BOs ,  Lorpie girls, Golden Comets, OEGB  BBreds, bantam frizzle cochins,  3 white Silkies, EEs, some silkie/cochin mixes, silkie/frizzles, ducks (3 white Pekins, 1 buff Saxony & 1 Silver Appleyard), and 1 Blue Slate turkey who thinks she's a chicken...   (did I miss anyone?...)  Nope!  Now let's all have pie. 
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Momma loves her babies!  8 cats, 45 inside birds, 3 guineas,  RIRs, BRs,  BOs ,  Lorpie girls, Golden Comets, OEGB  BBreds, bantam frizzle cochins,  3 white Silkies, EEs, some silkie/cochin mixes, silkie/frizzles, ducks (3 white Pekins, 1 buff Saxony & 1 Silver Appleyard), and 1 Blue Slate turkey who thinks she's a chicken...   (did I miss anyone?...)  Nope!  Now let's all have pie. 
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post #3 of 23

Yes, someone please tell

The irony of life! One day you are the windshield and then the next - the bug!!

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The irony of life! One day you are the windshield and then the next - the bug!!

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I am very interested in this. My mother is a very naturalist person. We have many herb combinations, one called "Silver Shield". I drink it all the time and is a great thing to have around. We also have it in a gel that can be a multi-purpose thing (lip balm, tooth paste, moisturizer, etc.) A friend of my mom is where we get our herbs from. She said that it can also treat Coccidiosis? I'm not sure but that would be helpful! The company is Nature Sunshine.

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I am a chemist, and have looked into "colloidal silver" products in the past.  I am also a person who likes "natural" remedies. 

I believe that colloidal silver claims are true, in general.  The chemistry/science behind how it works make sense to me.  Silver does kill bacteria.  But the problem I have with colloidal silver products is the nature/size of the colloid particle is pretty uncontrollable. 

The particles have to be very small to get into a virus.  Larger particles CAN get into a bacterium.  However, without ever knowing what I was getting, I would be leery about depending on this sort of thing.  The only Quality Control that is measured is the total amount of silver in ppm - Parts Per Million.  You have no way of knowing if you have "jillions of little tiny colloid particles" or "ONE BIG PARTICLE".  (OK, that's an exaggeration, but you get the drift). 

I have found some IONIC silver products that I have had fantastic personal results with.  They are made by Peaceful Mountain, the line is Sinus Rescue, Throat Rescue, Stomach Rescue, and Cold Rescue.  Sinus and Cold are the same except for dosage - Sinus is 30 ppm and Cold is 20 ppm.  I think Throat is 40 ppm and it has some mint in it - it's a throat spray.  Can't remember the Stomach one, never really needed to use that one.  I used to fly a lot - if I used the Cold or Sinus nasal sprays on my trip, I would not get sick when I got home.  wink  If I forgot them or didn't use them, I would stand about a 40-50% chance of getting sick after a plane trip.  sad

The key with Ionic instead of colloidal products is that the INDIVIDUAL silver ions are available.  Individual ions = small particles = capability to enter a virus - PERIOD.  There is no question about how many might be clustered together, etc. and whether you are actually getting the benefit of the silver that is there.  It's all "bioavailable"/active.  So when you have 30 ppm ionic silver, you are GETTING 30 ppm silver.  When you have 30 ppm colloidal silver, your viruses might not be seeing anything at all depending on particle size...  hu

Hope my Chem 101 description made some sense.  tongue  The lab I used to work at is closing down.  I know they have a small bottle of silver nitrate in the cabinet - I'm hoping I can mooch it from them before they turn out the lights...  fl

Just realized I didn't answer the "original" question about it being SAFE.  DISCLAIMER:  I am not a vet, and I've never given silver products to a chicken, but I can't imagine anything about it that would be inherently UNSAFE.  It's a "simple" thing, a basic metal/mineral, not like some of those complex interactions that can occur with different species (dogs can't eat chocolate or raisins, these things can kill them!) or with some poisonous plants.  I would THINK it would be safe.


Edited by tulie13 - 7/21/09 at 7:01am
post #6 of 23

Overuse can turn you blue.


Blue chickens have no risk factor. lol




http://os13fantasmas.files.wordpress.com/2008/01/blueman3-paul-karason.jpg


Link to video clip of Paul Karason

post #7 of 23

Tulie,

That was VERY in depth! Thank you! Some of it made sense as I am a sciency person tongue From looking at the Silver Shield we have, I don't see any large particles visible to the naked eye, but that doesn't mean there aren't "large" particles in it. Basically looks like water. Again Thank you! Aahhh... the wonders of science cool

ETA: fixed spelling typos roll


Edited by Year of the Rooster - 7/21/09 at 9:08am
post #8 of 23

That gentleman (pictured above) made his own Collodial Silver. He was not using the safer kinds like Sovereign Silver which is a hydrosol.

Edited...  ~Lisa~

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"It's not that I don't like people. It's just that when I'm in the company of others-even my nearest & dearest-there always comes a moment when I'd rather be reading a book." 
Leave Me Alone I'm Reading by Maureen Corrigan, NPR book critic
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post #9 of 23

Yes, tulie13, excellent post, thank you so much!

Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.

9 hatchery and mutt hens

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Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.

9 hatchery and mutt hens

BYC Troubleshooting article -- click here

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post #10 of 23

info here from an earlier posting on this subject:
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=52286

personally I would never give it (internally)... as it is not a controlled substance  (manufacture) I wont touch it with a ten foot pole.

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