Immune system boosters?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by cmlew99, Aug 16, 2014.

  1. cmlew99

    cmlew99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello! I'm adding new 18 week old chickens to my flock soon. I currently have two standard size 16-week olds, one rooster and one hen. In my situation right now quarantine is impossible. I wish it was, but I literally have nowhere else to put the new additions. So, is there some immune boosters I can give my chickens? To help fight off any invading infections? I heard garlic was good, but how often and how much? Should I give them yogurt and scrambled eggs? Is there some sort of vitamin? Electrolytes?

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  2. cmlew99

    cmlew99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anybody have any ideas? Or am I crazy ? :)
     
  3. cmlew99

    cmlew99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anybody????
     
  4. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

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    Hi [​IMG] ,
    Well, let's see. This is my "internal development" regimen.
    Using the proper size grit helps keep things flowing thru the digestive tract because the food is ground up properly in the gizzard before it get to the G.I. tract. For 18 week olds you can use adult size grit. Granit grit is best because it stays sharp and does not get rounded off by the acid in the gizzard. Proper size is important because too small grit just gets washed on thru the digestive system and eliminated.
    Next you want to make sure the G.I. tract has the proper levels of favorable flora in it. That helps keep bad pathogens from getting established. Greek Yogurt is good for that. No sugar.
    Next you want to make sure the birds are getting addition nutrition because the stress of adjusting to a new home and flock may cause them to not uptake all the nutrition you are supplying. Until they get adjusted to their new home and flock. I Use Bovidr Labs Nutri-Drench and Nutri-Drops emergency nutritional supplements. This is a specialist company with a great rep. . Now their products are species specific, however they also meet the scientific standards for a universal dose. This year, I raised my chicks on Goat Nutri-Drench and Poultry Nutri-Drench, using the usage and dosage instructions on the Poultry product bottle. This is great stuff because it does not need to be digested like other products ( i.e. electrolytes). It is absorbed directly into the bloodstream. Detectable within 15 minutes with 50% uptake in 30 minutes and 99% utilization. Excellent for dealing with stress which compromises the digestive systems uptake ability.
    Here are cites for further info:
    Bovidr Products: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/746509/how-to-deal-with-travel-stress-in-baby-chicks
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/bovidr-labs-poultry-nutri-drench
    Tractor Supply has the cheapest price. 6.99 for Poultry formula, 11.99 for Goat formula(much bigger bottle). All their products are very concentrated ad last a long time. Note the dosages are per "Gallon". so reduce for qt. waterers.
    Gran-I-Grit poultry grit : After 7 weeks, feed : Layer( usually says "Developer" on the bag) (3/16"-5/16") I get mine at Tractor Supply, about 10.00 for a 50 lb. bag.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/gran-i-grit-insoluable-crushed-granite
    Company product brochure PDF . Note the 20% increase in eggs.
    http://www.ncgranite.com/images/gritmailer.pdf
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/891051/the-science-of-feeding-grit-to-poultry Grit is fed to develop a larger healthier gizzard for better adult production. Not for growth purposes.
    Greek Yogurt : I do not have a reference for the Greek Yogurt. I only know
    veteran poultry folk use it with success. It is cheaper than feeding Fastrack
    Microbial Supplement by far. And very natural.
    Best Success,
    Karen and the Light Sussex
    in western PA, USA
     
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  5. awesome124

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    Garlic is really good. It has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. It is a great immune system booster. Crush and add 3 to 4 cloves in your chicken's water. You can also try feeding them fresh garlic. 1 clove per chicken. If they reject, don't persist. Also, give them apple cider vinegar. 5mL per liter or 0.05%.
     
  6. cmlew99

    cmlew99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know this was a while ago, but thank you for your responses!!!!! Lots of great information!
     
  7. cmlew99

    cmlew99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, and do you think I can find Nutri-Drench at my Tractor Supply Store?
     

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