Natural Remedies for chickens

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by TNBEARCHICK, Aug 10, 2012.


    TNBEARCHICK Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 17, 2012
    I am starting this thread for me and others that like to take care of chickens completely natural if possible. I want to know and share everything you have done and can do to keep your chickens healthy naturally and what to get them healthy when they are sick. First, I am trying apple cider vinegar in the water to deworm chickens. From what I have read you put tsp apple cider vinegar in one gallon of water. I would imagine this would work well being as though it is very good for human consumption and cures lots of digestive illnesses.
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    ACV has many excellent uses. Specifically in chickens it lowers gut PH with bacterial issues. It also helps in calcium absorption. I've been using ACV since I've owned chickens (13 years altogether) and I can assure you one thing, it's not a wormer. Same is true for DE. Otherwise I wouldnt have had to buy chemical wormers.

    TNBEARCHICK Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 17, 2012
    Greatly appreciate the info! Hate that it doesn't do anything for worms [​IMG] though. So, do you use 1 tsp per gallon and how regularly do you use it?
  4. Robin Hodges

    Robin Hodges New Egg

    Aug 12, 2012
    Recently, I tried the vinegar/water solution. The chickens took to it really well. However, living in Tampa, I think I did it at the wrong time of year and it seemed to be coincedental that my chickens have come down with pox now after changing the acidity of the chicken. Just an observation for my own chickens. Good luck.
  5. lcatty

    lcatty Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 6, 2011
    Las Cruces, NM
    I had an experience I wanted to share. I ordered some more Swedish Flower Hens from Greenfire Farms that came in April of this year. One of the chicks came down with what looked like Marek's at about four weeks of age. This happened before in my last order with a hen I had named Sandy, and I ended up putting her down as she never got better. Splayed legs, toes curled, couldn't walk. I did have Sandy's blood tested and to my surprise, whatever it was was NOT Marek's, although it looked just like Marek's. Also had three others in that first batch with slightly crooked toes.

    Well, this time from the first I saw the symptoms I put infant vitamins (poly-vi-sol w/out added iron) in the water and gave the chick snacks of foods I knew to have B-12 (hamburger, esp). Well, this hen got better! She's now running around with everyone else, no crooked toes. I began putting the infant vitamins in everyone's water, and have been ever since. I had 16 chicks, plus three more that a broody hen hatched to make a total of 19, and NOT ONE CROOKED TOE.

    Long story short, I think these SFHs need B-12, or niacin, or some other vitamin they don't get enough of in their food. I saw an article on the web about curly-toe paralysis. It was a study about Leghorns with this issue, and them getting better on the whole if the vitamins were given early enough. Of course I can't find the article now. Anyway, my advice would be start those vitamins right away from the moment you receive, or hatch, the chicks. I put one and a half to two droppers-full in the gallon size water dispenser.

    I know this is anecdotal but I really think vitamin deficiency may be the cause of the curled toes.

    TNBEARCHICK Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 17, 2012
    I was so happy to find a great site for homeopathic and natural remedies, here is the info I have found;

    Ailments and Treatments

    Other Names
    Brooder pneumonia,

    Preventative Measures
    Avoid conditions that promote fungal growth such as wet litter and
    bedding or moldy feeds
    Clean and disinfect equipment and air ducts regularly with white
    Frequently clean feeders and water dispensers
    Provide dry, deep bedding
    Physical Treatments
    Remove all birds from area and scour coop and run with white vinegar.
    Fumigate with a spray mixture of vinegar 1 L to 1TBS of cayenne.
    Wear goggles.
    Herbal Treatments
    Spay a dilute mixture of peppermint oil into the air around the
    birds, Add several cloves of crushed garlic to 2L of drinking water.
    Homeopathic Treatments
    Ant. Tartrate 30C once daily X 3 days
    Drosera rotundfolia 30C once daily X 3 days

    Other Names
    Limber neck
    Preventative Measures
    Do not feed spoiled or rotten feed
    Remove source of poisoning
    Physical Treatments
    Squirt cool water into crop twice daily
    Flush with molasses or Epsom salts - molasses (1 pint/5 gal water),
    Epsom salt (1 lb/15 lbs. feed or 1 lb/5gal water for 1 day
    Give oral fluid therapy with activated charcoal
    Homeopathic Treatments
    Carbo veg. 30C for 1 dose
    Nux vomica 30C for 1 dose

    Broken Bones
    Other Names
    Preventative Measures
    Handle birds gently. Do not allow children or dogs to chase birds. Do
    not use traps for rodents that can snap.
    Management Treatments
    Remove the injured bird and treat separately.
    Physical Treatments
    Bring the broken parts gently but firmly together, bind with bandages
    and hold in place with a couple of appropriate sized splints such as
    popsicle sticks.
    Moisten the bandages frequently with a lotion of 1 part tincture of
    Arnica with 5 parts water
    Homeopathic Treatments
    Give one dose of Aconite (3 pellets) by mouth, then 6 pellets of
    Hepar Sulph in the drinking water after a week has passed.
    Symphytum 30C once daily for 3 days or 6C daily for a week.
    Other Names
    Lameness, foot lesions
    Can lead to Staphylococcus aureus bacteria infection of injured foot.
    Preventative Measures
    Keep dry litter and avoid sharp perches.
    Do not keep poultry on excessively rocky/stony/flinty ground
    Eliminate sharp objects
    Management Treatments
    Implement all preventative measures if you have not already.
    Physical Treatments
    Wash feet, open abscess, squeeze out core, clean with hydrogen
    peroxide, apply raw honey and wrap with gauze.
    Apply warm linseed meal poultice, lance wound, wash with hydrogen
    peroxide, and pack wound with gauze.
    Herbal Treatments
    Apply tea tree oil to cracks
    Bathe feet in lotion of 1 part Calendula tincture to 5 parts water
    and bind up foot.
    Apply calendula cream (salve) to foot and keep bird on clean straw
    Homeopathic Treatments
    Hepar sulph 6C or Silicea 6C

    Other Names
    Campylobacter hepatitis
    Preventative Measures
    Control Carriers, do not allow other chicken farmers around chickens,
    do not introduce new chickens to flock until fully inspected for
    Natural Treatments
    Use Probiotics to insure good bacteria
    Homeopathic Treatments

    Other Names
    Avian cholera, fowl cholera, avian pasteurellosis
    Preventative Measures
    Purchase cholera free birds, prevent stress, practice good
    management, provide well-ventilated houses by
    judging the ventilation from the height at which it influences the
    birds, not necessarily from human height.
    Prevent rodent infestation since rats are a major disease reservoir
    and a source of infection. Reduce contact with cats and dogs
    Management Treatments
    Isolate the sick from flock. Move healthy birds to a new location.
    Leave housing vacant for 3 months before introducing new birds
    Herbal Treatments
    Give pulverized mixture of 2oz. Capsicum, 2oz. Asafetida, 1 oz.
    Rhubarb, 6 oz. Spanish brown, and 2 oz. Flowers of sulphur at 1 tsp
    to 2 quarts mash 2 X day
    Nutritional Treatments
    Feed burnt corn, almost to coffee-color as a supplement
    Homeopathic Treatments
    Dissolve 2 dozen to 1/2 vial of Veratrum alb. in drinking water or in
    water used to moisten feed for prevention or treatment.
    Also good are Arsenicum or Arsenicum iod, mix 2 drams of pellets with
    2 pounds of feed.
    If hens have puffed faces, bright red color, and crouch give Nux
    If swelling of joints of legs and lameness give Rhus tox or Sulphur
    If difficult breathing and thick nasal discharge give Calc
    flour+Hepar sulph, Kali bich.
    If greenish colored diarrhea give Pulsatilla, Sulphur; or combination
    of Calc
    Phos30, Ferum30, Kali sulph30

    Chronic Respiratory Disease
    Other Names
    CRD, air sac disease, airsacculitis
    Preventative Measures
    Purchase Mycoplasma-free birds (only from NPIP participants).
    Practice good sanitation because it lasts on hands, clothes, and
    boots for several hours. Avoid mixing poultry of different ages.
    Avoid dust, chilling, and poor ventilation. Prevent rodent
    infestation. Prevent stress and ensure good nutrition.
    Management Treatments
    Provide warm, draft-free housing with proper ventilation
    Move sick birds to a clean environment.
    Herbal Treatments
    Spritz a cool mist of peppermint water over birds
    Homeopathic Treatments
    If sneezing, coughing give-Antim trat, Belladonna, Ars alb.
    If water from eyes give Euphrasia, Arg nrt.
    If water from nose give Allium cepa, Ars alb.
    If white diarrhea give Calc carb.
    Combination remedy of Thuja200, Nat sulf200, Carbo veg200, Bryonia200

    Other Names
    Cocci protozoan parasites
    Preventative Measures
    Develop resistance in chicks (possibly through exposure to older
    birds or litter). Rotate pastures frequently. Keep litter dry and
    restrict access to droppings. Add garlic to feed at a 5% rate and
    feed fresh garlic regularly. Ensure litter is dry but not dusty. Keep
    watering facilities away from litter. Ensure high standards of
    hygiene. Ensure good hygiene of feeders and drinkers. Give apple
    cider vinegar (1T/2 gal) in drinking water regularly
    Management Treatments
    Disinfect with white vinegar and oregano oil. Move poultry to new
    ground and heavily lime old ground, fumigate the houses by burning
    cayenne pepper or juniper powder be sure to remove chickens during
    fumigation and wear mask and goggles.
    Physical Treatments
    Give food grade DE in feed
    Nutritional Treatments
    Give probiotics in feed. Following a 12hr fast give a laxative diet
    with bran, molasses, and greens (chickweed, groundsel, rue, sow
    thistle, mustards, comfrey, lettuce, cresses, and grass seed)
    Poultry fed corn-based diets have been shown to survive Coccidiosis
    better than those on wheat-based diets
    Herbal Treatments
    1 tsp of ginger per 2 gal of water.
    Homeopathic Treatments
    Give Mercurius cor. Or Ipecac. In clean drinking water.
    If birds are listless with bloody droppings give Merc cor, Ipecac.
    If pale comb and lack of appetite give Chellidonium, Nux vomica.
    If head remedy needed give Merc sol.
    If birds are emaciated with diarrhea give Aconite, Merc, Podo, or
    Combination remedy of Merc cor30, Nux vomica30, Sulphur30

    Other Names
    Ammonia blindness
    Preventative Measures
    Provide good ventilation and clean dry litter. If you can smell
    ammonia, there is too much.
    Management Treatments
    Remove wet or soiled bedding and provide dry, dust-free bedding.
    Increase ventilation and access to the outdoors. Use zeolite rocks
    to absorb ammonia.
    Herbal Treatments
    Apply Euphrasia tea or eydrops (NOT TINCTURE) to eyes.
    Nutritional Treatments
    Give Vitamin A
    Homeopathic Treatments
    Euphrasia 6C
    If yellow discharge try Pulsatilla 30C

    Crop Impaction
    Other Names
    Crop binding, crop bound, swelled crop, Choking
    Preventative Measures
    Give plenty of fresh water. Avoid long, stemmy grass. Since the
    gizzard is poorly developed in very young chicks, introduce grass
    slowly and allow the gizzard muscles to develop over a week or more.
    Remove old or fibrous grasses after mowing or allow it to rot before
    poultry are introduced.
    Physical Treatments
    Give olive oil. Pour oil down the throat and massage the crop.
    Surgical Treatment
    Cut open crop, remove the contents, sprinkle crop walls with 1-tsp.
    Black pepper, and sew it up. Follow with diet of finely chopped
    hedge garlic, garlic, and rue.
    Anoint the cut with Calendula cerate or Arnica mixed with water.
    Treat with 10-15 ml of molasses per bird fed as a wet mash for 4
    days. Administer approx. a tumbler of warm water to birds with a
    syringe then upend the bird and gently massage the crop.
    Nutritional Treatments
    Follow any surgical removal with diet of finely chopped hedge garlic,
    garlic, and rue.
    Herbal Treatments Make of brew of tsp. Powdered gentian root in a
    small cupful of water; add 2-tsp olive oil and give twice.
    Homeopathic Treatments
    Give Nux vomica 1 pellet dissolved in drinking water. If no
    improvement or there is vomiting give Pulsatilla. Also may give
    Carbo veg. Or Arsenicum.

    Preventative Measures
    Provide grit and greens.
    Management Treatments
    Spread lime on yards.
    Physical Treatments
    Add charcoal to mash (1 oz./quart of feed).
    Give electrolytes and sugar water (10 oz/gal) in drinking water.
    Nutritional Treatments
    Feed mash of ground oats, wheat bran, and corn meal. For chicks feed
    raisins, grated raw apples, and dried or fresh bilberries.
    Herbal Treatments
    For hens give warm water with powdered slippery elm bark and honey 3X
    daily. For chicks fast day then feed diet of honey, slippery elm,
    dill, and arrowroot for 1 days.
    Homeopathic Treatments
    Ipecac 1 pellet in drinking water or wet mash. If due to bad food
    give Arsenicum or Chamomilla or Nux Vomica. For pasty white
    discharge give Carbo veg.

    Egg Bound
    Other Names
    Retained egg
    Preventative Measures
    Feed seaweed and chopped cleavers in bran mash daily.
    Physical Treatments
    Remove egg manually massaging the vent with olive oil.
    Herbal Treatments
    Give a dose of a pinch of ginger in 1-tsp. Olive oil.
    Homeopathic Treatments
    Pulsatilla 3X or Silicea 6C or Nux vomica

    Egg Drop Syndrome
    Other Names EDS, Chronic thin-shelled or Shell-less eggs
    Preventative Measures
    Provide good sanitation. Keep chickens away from ducks and geese.
    Minimize contact with wild birds. Ensure waterfowl does not
    contaminate water source.
    Homeopathic Treatments
    Calcarea carb 3X (3) for poorly shaped eggs.
    Pulsatilla 3X for bloody shelled eggs.

    Other Names
    Black comb
    Preventative Measures
    Prevent drafts. Cover combs with salve.
    Herbal Treatments
    Apply creamed raw honey or calendula cream to comb and wattles.
    Homeopathic Treatments
    Lachesis 30C or Agaricus muscarius 6C daily for 3-7days or
    Phosphorous 6C daily for 3-7 days

    Gape Worms
    Other Names
    Gapes, cough
    Preventative Measures
    Feed Garlic Regularly, use Apple cider Vinegar in drinking water.
    Management Treatments
    Lime the infected ground. Milk paint roosts and walls of coop. Plow
    up and plant rye in yards. Isolate birds from infected intermediate
    hosts, especially the earthworm.
    Homeopathic Treatments
    China 3X in drinking water. Dulcamara and Drosera in alternation
    with Sulphur to complete the cure. Also Ignatia, Lachesis, or China.

    Infectious Bronchitis
    Other Names
    Preventative Measures
    Avoid mixing batches of birds. Birds laying severely wrinkled eggs
    are carriers and should be removed. Maintain good air quality.
    Ensure houses are well ventilated but draft-free. Ensure houses are
    free from ammonia by using good hygiene and zeolite. Prevent rodent
    Management Treatments
    Provide warm draft-free housing in winter. Increasing the temperature
    of the house by 3-4 degrees C may reduce mortality rates in infected
    Nutritional Treatment
    Give electrolytes in drinking water
    Herbal Treatments
    Feed Garlic and Cayenne
    Homeopathic Treatments
    For chronic form give Ipecacauh 3X, Antimonim tart 3X, Senega 3X, or
    Ammoniacum 3X.
    If nasal discharge give Allium cepa, Kali bich.
    If coughing and sneezing give Anti trat, Aconite.
    If damage to oviduct (false layer) give Kali phos, Calc phos.

    Infectious Coryza
    Other Names
    Cold, Coryza, Roup, Catarrh, Pip, Croop
    Preventative Measures
    Avoid mixing age groups. Provide a warm, draft-free housing in
    Management Treatments
    Fix drafts and provide dry litter.
    Physical Treatments
    Spray a fine mist of camphor over the birds at night. Squirt food
    grade hydrogen peroxide diluted one half with water into the nostrils.
    Nutritional Treatments Fast for 1 day, then give laxative diet of
    cod-liver oil, chopped onions, and greens. Give warm mash of feed,
    molasses, vinegar, chopped garlic and onions.
    Herbal Treatments
    Give plenty of garlic and strong sage tea with finely chopped spruce
    shoots in bran
    with molasses. Give eyebright tea.
    Homeopathic Treatments
    If sneezing with thin, watery discharge give Allium Cepa 3X or
    If watery discharge from eyes give Euphrashia 3X.
    If thick sticky discharge give Mercurius Vivus 3X or Hepar Sulph 3X.
    With bad odor; Homeogalline (Dolios)Hepar sulph. and Spongia on
    alternate days or
    Calcarea carb. given alone.
    For early treatment give Mercurius viv. 12 pellets dissolved in
    drinking water, continue until cured, follow with Acidum sulph. if
    not cured.
    If caused by cold, wet weather or sudden changes in weather with
    increased discharge from nostrils and sneezing use Arsenicum 12
    pellets dissolved in drinking water or mash. Follow with Mercurius
    viv. if not cured.
    If discharge thickens and eyes seem affected give Euphrasia.
    If due to dry, cold winds give Aconite.
    If occurs during warm, moist, relaxing weather give Gelsemium.
    If only partial relief from a remedy then give Hepar Sulph.
    If hens have puffed faces, bright red color, and crouch give Nux
    If nostrils are clogged and hens sit listless with open mouths give

    Infectious Laryngotracheitis
    Other Names
    Avian diphtheria
    Preventative Measures
    Avoid heaters that discharge noxious fumes.
    Avoid contact with all chemicals including any insecticides,
    herbicides, and fungicides within 100m of birds.
    Physical Treatments
    Bathe Insides of beaks and nostrils with a weak garlic solution.
    Give inhalation mists of elecampane.
    Herbal Treatments
    Give very high doses of garlic and drops of raw honey in warm water.
    Homeopathic Treatments
    f coughing with blood stained mucous from trachea give Aconite,
    Ipecac, or Millefolium.
    If difficulty breathing and head extended to breathe give Antim tart,
    Bryonia. Cuprum

    Infectious Bursal Disease Other Names
    IBDV Gumboro disease
    Preventative Measures Operate an 'all-in, all-out' policy between
    buying new batches of birds. Disinfect between batches
    Management Treatments
    Close and isolate buildings. Remove and burn bedding, disinfect
    housing. Remove top few inches of soil in heavily infected areas.
    Homeopathic Treatments
    If birds inactive, reduced appetite, feathers ruffled give Alfa alfa,
    China, Gelsemium.
    If watery feces with high urine content give Kali phos and Calc phos.
    If swelling of kidneys marked enlargement of bursa of fabricius give
    Berg vulg,Canharis, Lachesis.
    Combination remedy of Gelsemium30, Acid phos30, Calc phos30,

    Other Names
    Avian influenza, Fowl plague, Type A influenza orthomyxoviruses
    Preventative Measures
    Do not visit farms with outbreak
    Management Treatments
    Hens will need to be euthanized and all living areas to be scoured
    with steam, vinegar and fumigated by burning cayenne.

    Lice and Mites
    Preventative Measures
    Lime runs. Keep wild birds, especially bird nests out of poultry
    houses. Have sufficient dust baths available for hens.
    Management Treatments
    Provide dust bath of Charcoal, DE and fine dusty sand. Add clean
    wood ashes in dust bath. Add elecampane and fleabane to nest boxes.
    Encourage Coleoptera beetles to live and breed
    in poultry houses to control mites. Lightly blowtorch the areas of
    infestation followed by washing down and disinfecting with vinegar.
    Physical Treatments
    Dust birds with organic tobacco make sure the chickens don't eat
    tobacco. For chicks rub eucalyptus oil on the head.
    Herbal Treatments
    Feed plenty of garlic.

    Other Names
    Circling disease, dizziness, staggers, vertigo
    Preventative Measures
    Provide good sanitation
    Homeopathic Treatments
    Nux vomica

    Marek's Disease
    Other Names
    Range paralysis, herpes viruses
    Preventative Measures
    Practice an all-in, all-out policy with disinfecting between batches.
    Rear you birds away from older birds for the first 2-3 months
    Homeopathic Treatments
    If paralysis, birds unable to stand and walk give Causticum.
    If skin thickened by tumors, feather follicles thickened and leathery
    give Calc flour,Calc carb.
    If iris effected and white appearance give Arg nit, Euphrasia.
    If sciatic nerve is enlarged give--Kali phos 6x, Kali sulph 6x.

    Molting Problems
    Preventative Measures
    Provide lights to ensure 14 hours of daylight.
    Herbal Treatments
    Rub lotion of burdock brew (2 parts) and coconut oil (1 part) on
    exposed areas.
    Other plumage tonics are: foliage of wild daffodils, rosemary brew
    with a little vinegar, and
    southernwood brew.
    Nutritional Treatments
    Feed sunflower seed mash with warm water. Feed calcified seaweed with
    grit. Feed linseed meal. (2)Herbal
    Treatments Give dill, anise, fennel, seaweed, kelp, bladderwrack,
    dulse, maidenhair fern, nettle, cleavers, onion, or garlic.
    Homeopathic Treatments
    Give Calcarea carb 3X and Phosphate of Iron in water.
    Give Gelsemium 6c for calming.
    If arrested growth of pullets during adult feathering give Calcarea
    If there is foul discharge during adult feathering give Chamomilla.
    If the pullets look scruffy and mangy during adult feathering give
    If there is restlessness, crying, and a general feverish condition in
    the pullets during adult feathering give Aconite.
    If there is a raw corroding fluid among the feathers give Natrum
    All remedies 12 or more pellets dissolved in drinking water or water
    for feed mash.

    Newcastle Disease
    Other Names
    Avian distemper, Avian pneumoencephalitis, Pseudo fowl pest,
    Preventative Measures
    Feed garlic. Store feed in bird-proof conditions. Poultry flocks
    should be maintained some distance apart
    to prevent cross-infection.
    Management Treatments
    Keep hens warm and well fed.
    Physical Treatments
    Wash out the beaks with diluted eucalyptus (1-drop eucalyptus oil, 1-
    tsp warm water, and a little salt).
    Nutritional Treatments
    Give 1 tsp. of olive oil or honey given AM and PM.
    Herbal Treatments
    Give 2 tsp. of ground raw garlic mixed with vinegar 2X daily in 1/2
    tsp. Doses.
    Homeopathic Treatments
    If difficult breathing, opens beak and gasps for breath give--
    Aconite, Ars alb.
    If rattling noise and coughing give Antim trat.
    If trembling legs leads to partial or complete paralysis give Kali
    phos, Calc phos,Gelsemium.
    If twisting neck (torticolis) is main symptom give Mag phos, Sulphur,
    Cicuta vir.
    Combination remedy of Carbo veg30, Veratum alb30, Belladonna30,
    Kaliphos30, 5ml of each in 8 liters of water for 100 birds. This
    medicated water is repeated after every alternate day.

    Other Names
    weak chick, Salmonella
    Preventative Measures
    Practice good management by controlling rodent vectors. Give apple
    cider vinegar in drinking water and
    increase acidity of feed. Use competitive exclusion a probiotic.
    Obtain chicks from disease-free flocks. Do not mix disease free stock
    with poultry of unknown disease status. Use feeds without
    contamination. Reduce contact with wild birds. Avoid surface water
    as a source of drinking water. Ensure proper disposal of dead birds.
    Management Treatments
    Add formic acid (calcium formate) to feed to ensure a low pH in the
    gut and control bacterial
    contamination of wet feed (2kg-4kg per ton). Move to new ground.
    Nutritional Treatments Give apple cider vinegar in drinking water
    and increase acidity of feed with organic acids.
    Herbal Treatments
    Fast birds then feed garlic, 1/2 tsp. lemon juice diluted with sage
    tea 2X daily. Also add finely chopped rue and/or sage to a
    bran/molasses mash.

    Pasted Vent
    Other Names
    Cloacitis, Vent gleet
    Preventative Measures
    Keep chicks warm.
    Management Treatments
    Carefully clean vent and douche with a strong solution of garlic and
    warm water.
    Physical Treatments
    Give 1-tsp. bicarbonate of soda/quart of drinking water, repeat every
    4-5 days, and follow by cleaning housing.
    Nutritional Treatments
    Give a laxative diet followed by garlic.
    Homeopathic Treatments
    For chicks give: Ipecauncha 3X alternated with Chamomilla 3X
    If discharge is bloody or white give Merc. Sub Cor 2X (8 pellets/pint
    water) or Ars. Iod 3X. (3) Silicea (20) Give Carbo veg.

    Other Names
    Feather picking, Vent picking, Cannibalism
    Caused by Insufficient protein, Genetic predisposition, Bright
    lights, Excessive egg size, Excessive group size, Stress, boredom,
    and elevated levels and of ammonia
    Preventative Measures
    Reduce lighting intensity. Scatter whole grains, bales of hay or corn
    stover in pens, alfalfa and hay in nets to keep birds occupied. Avoid
    large egg size by reducing levels of linoleic acid (flaxseed) and
    high energy when hens do not need it. Spend time in chick brooder
    early on. Use non-hybrid, docile breeds. Maintain vigilance and
    isolate bullies and treat the injured. Increase time spent feeding.
    Ensure a balanced diet. Provide loose feed. Prevent parasites. Avoid
    Stress. Avoid over-crowding. Provide treats to peck. Provide
    cabbage, lettuce, herbs, nettles or burlap bags of barley hung from
    the ceiling
    Herbal Treatments
    Feed comfrey.
    Homeopathic Treatments
    Helleborus niger

    Preventative Measures
    Remove all sources of possible poisons, poisonous plants from range
    i.e.: potato, black nightshade, henbane, iris, privet, rhododendron,
    castor, sweet pea, yew, rapeseed, corn cockle, clematis, buttercup,
    vetch, ragwort, blue-green algae. Do not spray or use insecticides,
    herbicides, fungicides within 100m of birds. Chemicals, mycotoxins
    (in feed), fusarium (on grains), ergots (on grass or grains) are also
    major sources of poisoning.
    Management Treatments
    Administer liquid activated charcoal.
    Homeopathic Treatments
    Nux vomica

    Other Names
    Fowl pox, Avian pox, Avian diphtheria
    Preventative Measures
    Control mites and mosquitoes using beneficial insects.
    Management Treatments
    Isolate infected birds.
    Homeopathic Treatments
    Alternate Arsenicum 3X and Rhus tox 3X (3 pellets every 2 hrs.).
    If many are affected put 20 drops (pellets) of Arsenicum alb. 3X in 1
    pint water and make a feed mash, follow with Rhus tox mash. (3)
    Dissolve 1-3 dozen pellets of Arsenicum in the drinking water for
    three days. If no improvement change to Rhus tox, renewing each
    day. Belladonna for hot fever and Silicea if pustules break.
    If lesions on head and comb are wart-like give Antim tart.
    If lesions in mouth are diptheric type give Kali mur, Nat sulph.
    If lesions with fever give Antim tart, Aconite.
    If lesions without fever give Bryonia, Calc phos.
    Head remedy--Variolinum30 or 200.
    Combination remedies of Pulsatilla200, Thuja200, Nat sulph200, 5ml
    each in 8 liters of water for 100 birds.

    Other Names
    Dropped vent, hernia
    Vent protruding due to egg retention Disease of the reproductive
    Degeneration of the muscular system or prolonged laying
    Preventative Measures
    Support natural laying cycles. Provide exercise. Don't push pullets
    to lay too early. Have shepherds purse available for free range.
    Physical Treatments
    Massage the protruding organ with oil and carefully press it back
    into position. Place a pad of cotton soaked with witch hazel and
    bind tightly. Wash the protruding organ in lukewarm water or goat
    milk, anoint with linseed oil or sweet oil and gently force it back
    into the body. Repeat several times.
    Nutritional Treatments
    Fast for 1 day, then feed a Very light diet of greens, bran mash,
    molasses and buttermilk. Stop feeding seaweed during treatment.
    Homeopathic Treatments
    Treat with a dose of Aconite if organ is put back in.
    Treat with Pulsatilla or Nux vomica when external treatment is not
    Podophyllum if lots of straining
    Sepia or Silica

    Scaly Leg Mites
    Preventative Measures
    Add a small amount of red and yellow cedar chips in nest boxes.
    Physical Treatments
    Scrub legs with Dr Broners peppermint castile soap and warm water
    with a soft toothbrush then rub in a solution of garlic brew and
    apple cider vinegar in equal parts 2X/day
    Nutritional Treatments
    Feed mineral supplement with vitamins, minerals, and probiotics.
    Change feed to boost iron.
    Homeopathic Treatments
    Give 12 pellets of Sulphur in drinking water and renew every day. (2)

    Other Names
    Candidiasis, Sour crop, Crop mycosis
    Preventative Measures
    Practice good nutrition and sanitation. Regularly clean water and
    feed troughs.
    Management Treatments
    Isolate infected birds. Clean and disinfect feeders/waterers.
    Physical Treatments
    Flush with molasses in drinking water every other day for 5 days
    served in a non-metal waterer. Clean mouth sores with hydrogen
    Herbal Treatments
    Feed garlic at 5% in feed. Use probiotics.
    Homeopathic Treatments

    Preventative Measures
    Control feline (cat) carrier.

    Other Names
    Avian TB
    Preventative Measures
    Rotate range.
    Management Treatments
    Clean and disinfect housing and soil.
    Physical Treatments
    None, euthanization of birds older than 18 months.
    Homeopathic Treatments
    If muscles of breast reduced in size exposing sternum give
    Tuberculinum 1M.
    If lameness & swelling of joints give Kali phos, Rhus tox.
    If comb and wattles appear pale in color give--Alfa alfa, China.

    Management Treatments
    Purge birds with castor oil (2 tsp.) followed by a stimulating tonic
    of powdered fennel, anise, coriander, and cinchona (30 grains
    each). Give powdered gentian and ginger (1 dram each).
    Give powdered sulfate of iron (15 grains); mix and add to feed.
    Homeopathic Treatments
    Hepar sulph or Nat Mur

    Other Names
    Contusions, abrasions, cuts, bruises Organism or
    Preventative Measures
    Ensure housing is free of things that might cause injuries. Keep few,
    if any roosters in laying flock. Do not allow children or dogs to
    chase birds.
    Management Treatments
    Remove roosters or aggressive birds from flock if causing injury to
    other birds. Protect birds from predators.
    Herbal Treatments
    Apply solution of 8 drops calendula tincture to 1 cup water and bathe
    wound 2-3 times daily. Make Arnica lotion of 1 part Arnica tincture
    to 20 parts water and put a few drops in chickens mouth.
    Homeopathic Treatments
    Give Arnica 6C or Aconite 6C for early infections.
    Hypericum for crushing injuries to toes or wings.

    Other Names
    Roundworms, cecal worm, tapeworms, flukes,
    Preventative Measures
    Keep pastures clipped and limed. Use good hygiene practices. Avoid
    surface water, avoid damp places in houses. Allow grass to dry after
    dew or rain before allowing animals to graze. Feed Garlic.
    Management Treatments
    Remove infected litter and sanitize housing.
    Physical Treatments
    Give a 2-grain pill of santonin to each bird followed by 2 tsp. of
    raw linseed oil.
    For pinworms give a rectal injection of garlic, mustard, peppermint
    oil (1/2 tsp. oil/1 pint water), or eucalyptus (1/4 tsp./pint water)
    oil solution.
    Nutritional Treatments
    Give a laxative diet: mash of pumpkin seeds and warm water with
    probiotic after a 12 hour fast, follow with a warm mash of bran,
    finely chopped onions and garlic. Feed finely grated raw carrot,
    garlic, onions, and parsley. Feed mustard; squash or pumpkin seeds;
    carrot and fennel seeds. Add DE and charcoal to feed all preceded by
    a fast and followed by a laxative period.
    Herbal Treatments
    Give a course of fresh garlic for ten days (1 clove/hen/day) and add
    to the diet bramble leaves, elder leaves, rue, and hyssop. Give
    powdered cayenne after a fast.
    Homeopathic Treatments
    If worms in the nostrils or ears causes circling give Cina.
    If affected birds lose weight, ruffled feathers, rapid breathing give
    Aconite,Santonite 3x, Tucrum merver.
    Head remedy--China, GNA.

    [​IMG] My Medicine Chest

    Activated Charcoal
    Activated charcoal adsorbs chemicals or plant toxins in cases of
    poisoning, and facilitates its excretion via the feces. It basically
    acts like a magnet, attracting and holding the toxicant to its
    surface so that it passes through the gastrointestinal tract without
    being absorbed by the body. It is administered when a bird ingests
    organic poisons, chemicals or bacterial toxins. The recommended dose
    of activated charcoal for all species of animals and birds is 1-3
    gm/kg mixed in water to make a thick but runny paste. Activated
    charcoal can be given orally on food, in water or with a large
    syringe or stomach tube to prevent aspiration. Do not give Activated
    charcoal to birds in Dry form as it may aspirate into the lungs.

    Feeding Garlic at 3% and up to 7% of your hens diet will prevent
    flees, mites, adding garlic to their water will prevent worm
    infestations. Garlic boosts the immunity against many diseases and
    aids in longevity. Garlic will add a delicious (in my opinion
    everyone LOVES my eggs) flavor to the eggs and also cuts down on the
    ammonia content in the feces making it much easier to clean the coop.

    Adding a small amount of Capsicum to your chicken scratch will
    provide a non-antibiotic way of reducing food-borne pathogens.

    Lactobacillus acidophilus / Bifidus
    Active good bacteria can be used to cure ailments of the digestive
    tract. It reduces intestinal parasites and other pathogens, Helps
    poultry fight illness and disease, helps with weight gain, especially
    in winter months when protein levels tend to be lower, Using Pro-
    biotics in chick starter will prevent the growth of Salmonella and
    Campylobacter in young chicks.

    Hemp meal in chicken feed offers more nutrients such as the amino
    acids, which are present in the whole seeds. Hemp seeds have long
    been used as bird feed.
    The nutritional content of the hemp seed is impressive, offering 30%
    complete and highly digestible protein and containing over 36%
    essential fatty acids, which is 16% more than flaxseed. It is the
    best source of Omega 3, Linolenic acid and Omega 6, Linoleic acid, as
    well as GLA, Gamma Linoleic acid (approximately 3%). Hemp seed
    contains protein, lipids, choline, inositol, enzymes, vitamins,
    minerals, phospholipids, phytosterols, and all eight essential amino

    Apple Cider Vinegar
    Apple Cider Vinegar can be used to treat young birds that show non-
    typical disease symptoms of poor growth. The solution can also be
    given to birds suffering from respiratory diseases that produce a
    large amount of mucus. This solution will help "cut through" the
    mucus and allow it to be expelled easier. The tannin in the apple
    cider vinegar aid in removing any mucus or coating from the mouth,
    throat, or intestinal tract. Nutrients and drugs are more readily
    absorbed. (4 teaspoons/gallon)

    Shepherds Purse
    Free ranging with the availability to eat shepherds purse may help
    prevent prolapse.

    1tbs organic cane sugar
    1/8 tsp sea salt
    1/8 tsp baking soda
    stir into [​IMG] z of filtered water
    Good for weak or dehydrated birds

    Calc Phos and tissue salts should also be on hand for week leg chicks
    or general illness

    Sun Dried Kelp
    Dried kelp (the leafy parts, not the stalks, which are too hard to
    chop up and don't get eaten) are kept in their coop on a sturdy clip.
    They can free-choose it, letting them adjust their salt and mineral
    intake. There are nearly 100 minerals on Earth. Only sea water and
    sea life has them in the ratios that animals need. All blood of
    animals contains these minerals, in the same proportions as in sea
    water! Scientists have barely scratched the surface of understanding
    all the things that these minerals do in living bodies. For optimum
    health, it's best to get all of them.

    Just gather a mess of kelp off any beach that is more than 100km from
    a city and take it home. At home, set it out in the yard, and in a
    very short while, it will be dry and crisp.

    Hard grit
    (Do not confuse this with oyster shell, other shells or calcium ---
    these dissolve in the chicken's digestive system, grit does not ---
    grit is used in place of "teeth"); quartz-based sand with angular
    edges (not rounded, as often is found in riverbeds) can be collected
    wherever you find it. Collect angular granite grit from trips to
    areas that have it. Tiny chicks need tiny grit, so get a variety of
    sizes. A little lasts a long time. The girls will pick and choose a
    few choice pieces now and then. Fun to watch them study and try out
    the different grains of grit.

    Sea Vegetables - Kelp, Irish Moss and Dulse are exceptional foods
    that are a valuable source for a variety of vitamins, minerals, trace
    elements, enzymes and phytochemicals. Sea vegetables contain iodine.
    They absorb toxins, increase and enhance metabolism and strengthen
    connective tissues and bones.
  7. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member Project Manager

    Aug 23, 2012
    My Coop
    GREAT INFORMATION!!! THANK YOU!! should make an article and submit it!!! Thank you

    TNBEARCHICK Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 17, 2012
    I have completely stopped any antibiotic treatments to all of our chickens and I completely rely on natural cures and treatments. So far, my birds are a lot healthier and happier.
  9. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member Project Manager

    Aug 23, 2012
    My Coop
    Great to hear!! [​IMG]

    TNBEARCHICK Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 17, 2012
    We are still loosing a bird every now and then, mostly during these little cold snaps were having(I blame it on that some of them didn't recover) but we should be able to cull through the ones left[​IMG] and get it all under great shape [​IMG]

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