How much charcoal to medicate my hens?
I am NOT an expert in this area, but won't the charcoal cause them to vomit? And if so, is that what you want to have happen considering you are feeding them as well?
Hopefully someone with some specific experience with moldy food will reply.
Activated charcoal is only useful at the time of toxic ingestion. If your bird is doing poorly then she is way past the time when charcoal would be helpful. Charcoal binds with the toxin in the GI system and prevents it from being absorbed, thereby preventing poisoning. Your bird is already "poisoned" so using it now is like closing the barn door after the horse has gotten out. Charcoal does not cause vomiting- syrup of ipecac and H2O2 are used to cause vomiting, but never use them in chickens.
What are the signs your bird is showing?
I don't know what to do. I am spending most of my days worrying bout my 5 chickens. The other four just seem down and not moving crazy around the yard as usual. I don't want to loose them.