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Home chicken cold remedy?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by crazy4daisy, Jul 16, 2007.

  1. crazy4daisy

    crazy4daisy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One or two of my hens/pullets have a small cold with sneezing only. Does anyone have a home remedy that will help?

    I don't want to get a store drug because they all say that you can't use them for hens laying eggs for human consumption.
     
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  2. Rooster01

    Rooster01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can put Vinegar in their water. That seem to help my hens when they get a little sick. Also I've read that you can also add honey and peroxide (1 tsp per gallon on the peroxide) to a sick chickens water to help it get better.
     
  3. crazy4daisy

    crazy4daisy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What kind of vinegar would I add? How much per gallon? Would it make the eggs taste weird? Sorry for all the questions. Thanks, by the way.
     
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  4. Rooster01

    Rooster01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Apple cider viegar. I'm not sure how much you should add, I just pour some in their water. It doesn't make the eggs taste odd.
     
  5. crazy4daisy

    crazy4daisy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks [​IMG]
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I wouldn't put more than a couple of tablespoons to a gallon. And it's the unfiltered organic apple cider vinegar that will do the most good. I keep it in my non-metallic waterers. You actually can overdo it and cause problems by making the Ph go way over the top. I read a case of someone really putting alot in the water and the birds became ill from it. But, I'd think you'd have to really overdose them for that to happen.
    Maybe they aren't sick at all. Mine occasionally sneeze when they pig out on food or dip their beaks under water too far and get some up their noses or the bedding has become too dusty. Had a bunch of chicks one time all start sneezing when I moved them out to the coop-there was alot of new plywood with the chemicals stored in the other side of the shed and they reacted to the smells. When the weather became warm enough to open up the doors for more airflow, that all stopped. Worried the heck out of me, but when I moved the adults into their new coop addition about the same time, several of them started sneezing-all the new plywood and caulk fumes were causing it. Neither group had had contact with the other and it took some reasoning on my part with help from some others to figure it all out. I have a closed flock so there was really not an issue of birds bringing things in for mine to catch.
     
  7. crazy4daisy

    crazy4daisy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks speckledhen [​IMG] I didn't put very much in, and I don't have organic at the time, so I just put regular in.
     
  8. SandraChick

    SandraChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Use vicks vapor rub (or bargain brand) if you think it's a cold.

    A little under each arm pit and a dab on the beak.

    Chickens tuck their heads under their wings at night...so it's like getting a treatment!


    Cider vinegar is good too, as it's an immune booster, but only the UNpasturized one has the properties in it....so regular stuff won't do. 1 tsp regularly is a good thing.

    Another additional thing you can do is add a fresh garlic clove to their water (makes the coop smell good too). Garlic has natural antibiotic properties...not only does it keep the water cleaner, it also helps boost your immune system

    Sandra
     
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  9. crazy4daisy

    crazy4daisy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey, thanks [​IMG] That helps alot - I will be making a trip to the store for organic cider vinegar. [​IMG]
     
  10. barredrock254

    barredrock254 Out Of The Brooder

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    This thread has helped me a lot!
     

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