Non-chemical management of worms and other critters

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by swimmom, Jun 19, 2009.

  1. swimmom

    swimmom Songster

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    I would love to be able to care for my chickens as naturally as possible without using man-made chemicals and medications. How can you treat or prevent worms without de-wormers, or is this just an unrealiatic dream?

    Is DE the best treatment for fleas, mites etc. Apart from sprinkling it in the coop, run and adding a little to the feed, is there anything else I should do with it? I purchased food grade DE.

    Thanks
     
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Quote:There are several suggested "natural" non-chemical remedies for pests. garlic, vinegar, pumpkin seeds, wood ashes and DE are just a few. Try doing a search. It's at the top of the page in the blue bar. Plan on reading for a LONG while.

    Good luck,

    Imp
     
  3. futurefarmer08

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    Hi
    I also prefer natural solutions rather than drugs. I have fed my chicks lavender flowers from the time they were little. They LOVE it.
    Lavender is good for so many things. The DE is a great suggestion too. We use that but they don't seem that interested in it. Maybe they don't really need it too much.
    Anyway, just a thought. [​IMG]
     
  4. swimmom

    swimmom Songster

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    Great, I have plenty of lavender, I'll see if they like to eat the blooms. Thanks for the great suggestions - there were a lot of hits on the search! [​IMG] I'll be putting off the laundry for a while!
     
  5. Kansaseq

    Kansaseq Prairie Wolf Farm Asylum

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    I need an excuse to grow lavender. What does it do?
     

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