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Chickens have the sniffles

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by korkee, Mar 3, 2009.

  1. korkee

    korkee New Egg

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    Hello, I live in winter country and my 60+ chickens have gotten the sniffles this winter.... I sell 3 to 4 dozen eggs each week and I don't want to give a pharmacial (sp) antibiotic because then I would have to waste the eggs for a couple of weeks... Has anyone had any success with either colliod siliver or grapefruit seed extract or another alternative option to deal with the chicken sniffles.... I'm thinking that all I should need is an anti-bacterical, anti-viral type substance... Can anyone see any reason chickens couldn't take the grapefruit seed extract???

    Thanks for your help....
    Korkee
     
  2. Mojo Chick'n

    Mojo Chick'n Empress of Chickenville

    Try putting some apple cider vinegar in their water (with the "Mother" left in it).

    I think (don't quote me on this, you may want to do a search - it's been discussed on here before) it is one TBSP per gallon of water - and only use the plastic waterers - not the metal ones.

    It is amazing how much this helps their immune systems. (helps with respiratory "sniffles" too).
     
  3. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read, here actually, that cinnamon is good for the sniffles. You put it in their drinking water, I believe. Not sure how much though. Boost their immunity with vitamins, that might be just enough.
     

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