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post #41 of 45
We have been doing garlic powder in their food in small quantities based on a recommendation from a book that I read. The poster who said it eats metal though has me concerned. Their feeder is metal. Is that just mixed with water?
post #42 of 45
It may be both but I do know that the eggs will taste like garlic or if I feed them onions their eggs will taste like onions but I believe that it's only for things that are strong scent it won't do it to everything they eat so don't get worried
post #43 of 45

I have given my chickens onions and my eggs don't taste like onions.  Most of the chickens will not touch the onions they just pick though the scrapes and leave the onions alone.

I live in Northeastern New Mexico. Live on a 2.5 acres with my husband of 38 yrs.(husband pass away 6/13/16), 2 dogs, 2 cats,    I have SLC, Blue laced Red Wy, Partridge Cochin, Blue, Black & White Cochins, Americanas, Cuckoo Marans Roo, Dominque Roo,  Blue Bar Roo, Buff Orps, Lavender Wy, Black & Blue French Cooper Marans, French Wheaton Marans, Cuckoo Marans , Dominque , Blue bar  Whiting...

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I live in Northeastern New Mexico. Live on a 2.5 acres with my husband of 38 yrs.(husband pass away 6/13/16), 2 dogs, 2 cats,    I have SLC, Blue laced Red Wy, Partridge Cochin, Blue, Black & White Cochins, Americanas, Cuckoo Marans Roo, Dominque Roo,  Blue Bar Roo, Buff Orps, Lavender Wy, Black & Blue French Cooper Marans, French Wheaton Marans, Cuckoo Marans , Dominque , Blue bar  Whiting...

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post #44 of 45
Mine aren't laying eggs yet, but obviously I'd be concerned about zinc poisoning, so I guess I'll switch feeders even though I'm not a big fan of plastic either.
post #45 of 45
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Originally Posted by chicksbestfriend View Post


I feed my chickens garlic to boost their immune system. I offer them minced garlic or I put a few cloves of garlic into their waterer to keep them healthier and free from disease.  They will eat the green sprouts from the garlic as well.   Do not put garlic  in a water container made from galvanized steel. Garlic will eat at the galvanized steel leaching out toxic levels of zinc.  I have not witnessed garlic being toxic to my flock, as I have been doing so for quite a long time.  They are all heathy and I have never encountered any diseases, only have lost chickens from old age.  cool.png

I can't find more info on garlic being unsafe in a metal waterer. I did find where ACV was unsafe to use in a metal waterer. I put garlic in my birds' metal waterer today, and now I'm not sure if I need to throw the whole thing out.
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