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I recently read that oregano and cinnamon will act as natural antibiotics for chickens.

Has any one tried either with their birds and, if so, do they work?

 

I would assume you would mix the spices in with their feed?

 

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I have heard this as well.  I use dried oregano in the winter and fresh in the summer.  I sprinkle some on their breakfast every other morning.  Once in a while I sprinkle cinnamon and several times a week I add some cayenne pepper (natural dewormer and they can't taste the heat).  I also add ground flax seed/chia seed mix; we always have it on hand for our smoothies.  They also get chopped garlic several times a week.  I only have five pullets at the moment, so it's not alot of work.  They eat as healthy as my family does.

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I have read some similar posts/articles about this. This directly relates to our situation as we have a sick 13 wk old Buff that I believe has pneumonia, and I'm thinking of treating her with oregano. One chicken owner I read about puts a drop of oregano oil in their chicken's water every day for immune support. In my own personal research looking for natural antimicrobial oils to use in my housecleaning routine, I found many different oils (oregano included) that have been scientifically proved to posses strong antimicrobial properties (on a separate note, I wrote about it in our family's blog http://www.intentionallivingblog.blogspot.com/2013/01/cleaning-your-home-with-natural.html ). I would do some research or use common sense to select which oil is suitable for chickens to consume. I've decided to get my hands on some oregano oil and adopt the "one drop a day," routine myself. Also feeding it to them directly in their scratch, dried or fresh, couldn't hurt. After all, prevention is the best medicine! 

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AVintageLIfe, what amounts do you use for oregano, cinnamon and cayenne? One of my chooks has what I think is a respiratory illness and I'd prefer to treat her naturally.

 

Thanks!

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AVintageLIfe, what amounts do you use for oregano, cinnamon and cayenne? One of my chooks has what I think is a respiratory illness and I'd prefer to treat her naturally.

 

Thanks!

I don't really measure but I would say with dried oregano, it's a good heaping tablespoon (dried).  Cinnamon and cayenne (ginger is good too), would be a few good shakes over the food.  If you haven't already done so, I'd remove your hen from the others for observation and to keep anything from spreading.   Good luck.

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