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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Glenda L Heywood, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Songster

    Apr 11, 2009
    E.coli is something chickens do get
    Now, anytime you have any gut problems, the health of the beneficial bacteria that should naturally occur in the gut should be considered.

    It's usually when the populations of those good
    bacterial decrease that we see an INcreased in bad bacteria, thus gut illness. The good
    bacteria literally crowd out bad bacteria, and some even secrete substances
    that ward off over abundances of bad bacteria.

    So during illness, and really any time there is
    stress, you'll want to increase the number of good bacteria in your bird's gut. You can do
    this quite easily through the use of probiotics
    available over the counter, and some even at the grocery store.

    In this case, with a
    probability of E. coli, you'll want to find a
    "probiotic" that contains live cultures of
    Lactobacilus (most commonly lactobacilus
    acidophilus) as well as B. bifidum.

    Bifidum is one of those bacteria that secretes stuff to ward off bad bacteria, in this case it specifically wards off E.coli.

    You're probably thinking "right, where am I going to get this, and how much will it cost?". Luckily, those two live bacteria are usually found in Walmart yogurt.

    Just make sure it's NOT artificially sweetened.
    (Birds don't do aspartame well.) You'll want to
    encourage your bird to somehow take 1 teaspoon per day any time during medication.

    Third, nutrition during illness:
    You can mix it up with boiled/mashed egg yolk for a combination of good high protein for healing,
    super nutrition from the egg, and the good bacteria from the yogurt. Plus, this treat is soft and easily dissolved.

    Fourth vitamin E.
    Vitamin E acts specifically against overdoses of E.coli. I'd use the oil capsules. ONE 400 MG PEOPLE vIT e DAILY TILL HELAED.
    You can put it in a small bit of food if you
    KNOW that bit of food will be eaten entirely.

    When birds are sick, their crops/gizzards slow down, so it's really easy for their crops to back up and get impacted.

    If you don't think your bird will eat yogurt (some dont, some love it),

    then you can hedge your bets and pick up a non-dairy human probiotic from the human health food store.
    You'll find them in the remedies for yeast infections. Liquids are easiest to use, though
    you can crush tablets if you absolutely have to do.

    Be sure to read the label to see
    that it says that it contains both acidophilus (aka lactobacilus) as well as bifidum.
    Nathalie Ross provided this excerp

    Glenda L Heywood provided this

    My favorite natural probiotic is this
    for chicks over two weeks
    adults all ages

    1 qt of dry crumbles
    2 qts of milk any kind :ie sweet, sour, or buttermilk
    (to make sour milk use 3 tbsp of apple cider vineager per gallon of milk, keep all unused sour milk in frig till used)
    1/4 cup of natural unflavoered yoguart ( no artificial sweetner)

    feed 2 tsp per chick each time you feed it
    for adul chicen 3 tbsp each time you feed it:

    what they will eat in 20-30 minutes
    then clean milk feeder out and restore dry crumbles

    use every day for a week after medicating them
    then once a week will do for life of chicken
    restores good gut flora to fight diseases
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2009

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