Herbal tea for birds?

Wyorp Rock

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Can some one tell me if it is a good idea to give cold herbal tea to my chickens like some RUE to get rid of worms?
I'm sorry no one responded to your question.

I have no clue about herbal teas. @Hen Pen Jem or @coach723 may be familiar with Rue.

If you suspect that you have worms, knowing which type you have would be helpful.
Do you have access to any de-wormers where you live?
 

Hen Pen Jem

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Greetings Dumdum,

I have never used Rue for myself or animals.

Rue is an extremely potent herb, and should be used with caution. Like wormwood, it is a bitter herb. The chickens will avoid that herb, especially if it is in tea form. Literature indicates it should only be used by experienced herbalists, when formulating for animals. It is best used externally.

As Wyorp Rock suggested, you should have a fecal float test done on your chicken's poop to identify the species of worms, that may or may not be in your chickens.

If they have tapeworm, for instance, Rue will not be effective on the worms. But instead, the rue may make your chickens very ill.

These are my thoughts on your herbal question. I hope I have been helpful.

God Bless :)
 

Saaniya

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Make sure what it contains somethings toxic to chickens but if they are mine and encountered with worms I'll take action with Medicine routine then when they are free I'll use this as preventative
 

Dumdum

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Greetings Dumdum,

I have never used Rue for myself or animals.

Rue is an extremely potent herb, and should be used with caution. Like wormwood, it is a bitter herb. The chickens will avoid that herb, especially if it is in tea form. Literature indicates it should only be used by experienced herbalists, when formulating for animals. It is best used externally.

As Wyorp Rock suggested, you should have a fecal float test done on your chicken's poop to identify the species of worms, that may or may not be in your chickens.

If they have tapeworm, for instance, Rue will not be effective on the worms. But instead, the rue may make your chickens very ill.

These are my thoughts on your herbal question. I hope I have been helpful.

God Bless :)

Thanks for responding I was thinking of making a weak solution for them. As for the type of worm it is definitely a roundworm according to pictures.
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I found 2 in the 1 hens droppings and burned them they looked like this 1. Maybe I should plant some rue in there cage would that work?
 

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I've never used rue either, would be reluctant to. I don't know how much would be toxic to a bird. "Large" doses can be harmful or even fatal in some cases, can cause liver and kidney damage. I don't have a clue what a 'large' dose would equate to in a bird. The oils on the leaves of the plants can cause severe irritation to skin (burns). Since there are other options for treating worms that are safer and have a known effectiveness, I would instead use one of those.
 

Dumdum

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I've never used rue either, would be reluctant to. I don't know how much would be toxic to a bird. "Large" doses can be harmful or even fatal in some cases, can cause liver and kidney damage. I don't have a clue what a 'large' dose would equate to in a bird. The oils on the leaves of the plants can cause severe irritation to skin (burns). Since there are other options for treating worms that are safer and have a known effectiveness, I would instead use one of those.
Thank you for your input I will think about all the options and then choose 1. I will keep you posted.
 

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