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I've read about people feeding ground up, dried hot peppers to their chickens as a natural dewormer. I don't have any concerns about my flocks health but I decided this might be a good idea as a natural preventative. 

 

Yesterday i fed each adult bird about 3 tablespoons of wild bird seed that'd been stirred through the dried pepper powder. Much of the powder was left on the ground but they got some as they picked out the seeds. 

 

Today every bird has a crazily, fierly red comb. I mean, they look like glowing coals. And, my rooster, a Coronation Sussex with normally white legs and feet, today has pink legs and feet! 

 

Is this normal? Did I overdose them? The birds sure didn't seem to mind while they were eating it, except that two sneezed. Their behavior and eating habits seem the same today as always. 

 

Any advice or feedback is appreciated. 

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haha maybe that was a little much lol... my mom feeds it in the winter time to help with keeping them laying... she adds about a cup to a 5gal bucket of feed and makes a mash out of it... they will lay all winter for her...

 

i don't think it will hurt them... just make sure they have lots of water when they need it... i bet they don't have any worms anymore lol... keep us posted if u do see any negative side affects... i would like to know if it is a problem thanks, Elias

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I've read about people feeding ground up, dried hot peppers to their chickens as a natural dewormer. I don't have any concerns about my flocks health but I decided this might be a good idea as a natural preventative. 

 

Yesterday i fed each adult bird about 3 tablespoons of wild bird seed that'd been stirred through the dried pepper powder. Much of the powder was left on the ground but they got some as they picked out the seeds. 

 

Today every bird has a crazily, fierly red comb. I mean, they look like glowing coals. And, my rooster, a Coronation Sussex with normally white legs and feet, today has pink legs and feet! 

 

Is this normal? Did I overdose them? The birds sure didn't seem to mind while they were eating it, except that two sneezed. Their behavior and eating habits seem the same today as always. 

 

Any advice or feedback is appreciated. 

Elias in Clinton AR.
White Empordanesa. Black French Marans. White Marans. project Lav Marans. an EE project. dun O.E.G.B. project dun crele O.E.G.B.  white bobwhite quail.  cinnamon and red coturnix quail.

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Elias in Clinton AR.
White Empordanesa. Black French Marans. White Marans. project Lav Marans. an EE project. dun O.E.G.B. project dun crele O.E.G.B.  white bobwhite quail.  cinnamon and red coturnix quail.

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Wow, I sure did get my ratio mixed up of you use a cup to 5 gallons of feed! Although, I don't mean that the birds got 3 tablespoons of the powder. I mean that they got 3 T of wild bird seed that'd been swirled through the powder.  

 

Someone else suggested the redness could be due to increased blood circulation. 

 

The coloration is so pronounced that my husband asked me if they all somehow got sun burns yesterday! 


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