Chicken with diarrhea, matted feathers

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by EncinitasHens, Aug 14, 2010.

  1. EncinitasHens

    EncinitasHens Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 31, 2010
    I have 6 hens...all seem pretty happy, eating well, etc., but one has diarrhea and matted feathers. Most people on the forum say it's parasites and suggest Ivermectin. Ok but I am trying to stay away from chemicals and poisons to treat my chickens. I feed them organic feed, they free range in the yard and eat organic produce scraps. I treated their coop and dusted them with Diatomaceous Earth. I mixed the DE in their food. Any other suggestions on natural remedies? The DE seems to be working in that she isn't getting worse but the problem is still there.

    Also, a friend of mine wants to put the ax to her (she is his hen) and have a BBQ. He can do what he wants with his hen but I am not sure it is a good idea to eat a sick chicken. Am I wrong?

    Ideas, suggestions are welcomed. Thanks

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