Epsom Salt & Diarrhea & Sour Milk & Garlic & Onions

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by BunkyB, May 3, 2013.

  1. As I have admitted several times I am an old skool kinda guy and rely a lot on home remedies and basic meds for treating injured and sick birds. I also do a lot of research now, more than ever before. Since joining BYC I have learned a lot even with me practicing poultry breeding and raising for over 20 years.

    One of the most common things I try to respond to is diseases and prevention, injuries, well pretty much all forums since I have been at it for a long time. Today while doing research I found a few things that I feel a lot of people should know about home remedies, etc. for sick birds. It is a heartbreak to see all the people with these issues and a bit of a downer when things don't go right with peoples birds.

    I did some self education today and wish to pass it along to others... I am still learning myself...every day it seems...lol Here are a couple of articles I came across and have seen this posted on the forums as an unsure thing but willing to try thing...

    Among the actual diseases that infect domestic fowl, diarrhea is the most common. This condition-revealed by white or greenish, loose droppings-can be caused by cold, dampness, dirty surroundings and unclean food. Isolate the patient in warm, dry quarters and give her potassium permanganate solution to drink. To make this remedy, dissolve one tablespoon of the chemical in one quart of warm water. Then, for each bird, take one tablespoon of this concentrated solution and further dissolve it in one cup of warm water. In severe cases use a stronger solution, potent enough to turn a dipped finger slightly brown. (Don't keep potassium permanganate mixture in a metal container.)
    Another remedy for diarrhea is Epsom salts in the feed, half a pound per 100 birds or 1/2 teaspoon each. Then feed the sick chickens wheat bran moistened with sour milk or buttermilk.
    Roup is caused by cold, damp or drafty quarters or by overcrowded housing, and is spread through the drinking water or feed. The symptoms are like those of the common cold: sneezing and a watery discharge, which later turns foamy white and then yellowish, from the eyes or nostrils. Sometimes diarrhea, weakness and swelling of the head will also occur. You'll find on examination that the bird's throat is inflamed, with patches of gray and yellow forming a membrane that almost closes the passage.

    Since the best cure of all is prevention; knowing something in advance of your flock's needs can ward off a lot of trouble. Basically, chickens should be kept warm and dry, get plenty of exercise and eat a well-balanced diet . . . sounds familiar, doesn't it?
    Hens left to roam will satisfy their dietary needs and busily keep the local bug population under control (just take care to protect the vegetable garden, because the birds also love young green stuff ).
    Onions and garlic fed regularly are a natural preventative of any worms that might be thinking of a home in your fowls' warm innards, and sour milk or buttermilk mixed in their feed or drinking water will deter diarrhea. Feet and droppings in food or drink are a potential source of infection when birds are confined, so equip your chicken house with feeders and watering equipment that force the biddies to observe sanitary table manners.

    I left out the links that are associated with these articles as I wish to comply wity BYC practices and not to post external links to my researches. So I thought, if I may to post articles without the links and allow others to be educated along with myself. Hope this OK Steve
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  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Glen St Mary, Florida
    Thank you the information.
    Epsom salts is used as a laxative in chickens, usually for cases of botulism: Scroll down to "LAXATIVE SOLUTIONS."
    Roup is Infectious Coryza. Birds with coryza should be culled as they are carriers of the disease.
    Onoins and garlic might be wom preventatives depending on soil conditions and environment where the birds are located. They arnt treatments for worms though.
    Buttermilk is a superb probiotic, better than yogurt.
  3. Thanks dawg53. I greatly appreciate you setting things straight with me. I have been doing a lot of my research through University databases along with all the possible meds for disease cures and their symptoms. I consider them reliable resources. With these articles I should consider their wording more as I do the copy and paste thing, bookmarks, etc.

    I should be thinking more on the preventative recommendations given and not actual cures. I have been given special permission to access these databases and they are from Veterinarian Universities. When I do have a severe issue I do videoconferencing with some of the departments and speak to students and professors. I have even attended necropsies done on chickens, ducks, geese, dogs and cats at 1 particular University to further my education as a non-student.

    Once again, thanks for your setting me straight. I will be more careful as to how I try to help with issues that I have not been trained in and stick with what I have experienced personally with my birds. Steve

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