to help prevent and treat respiratory problems

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  1. chickenrunnin

    chickenrunnin Out Of The Brooder

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    From a lady who raises very expensive Malaysian Seramas. Might help those of you who have birds who are sick... I dont know if this works but I thought I would share.

    Would you like to use some natural, household ingredients, to whip up a tonic for your birds to help prevent and treat respiratory problems this winter? Then you might want to try making a batch of Cyclone Cider. Let me give you the recipe first, and then we'll talk about what is in it and why it's good for your birds.

    Cyclone Cider
    3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
    1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
    1/2 teaspoon salt

    Place all ingredients in a microwave-safe glass and microwave on high one minute. Stir well. Your salt should dissolve into the vinegar but the cayenne pepper won't. If you want, you can strain the pepper out, or you can leave it in. Either way, let it come to room temperature and then add to a gallon of water. This is your chicken's drinking water. (Note: you can administer this on a regular basis, but if you do, just don't add the salt everytime. It is not good for your birds to continuously consume salt water, and you should only use it as a treatment.)

    Ok, now let's discuss why this mixture can help reduce respiratory problems. The Cayenne is a hot pepper which has had a long history of use in herbology. Its active ingredient is capsaicin. When taken internally it can warm the body, raise metabolism, improve weak digestion and increase circulation. Capsaicin, cayenne pepper's major active component, induces long-lasting desensitization of airway linings to various mechanical and chemical irritants. This effect is probably due to capsaicin-induced depletion of substance P in the respiratory tract nerves. Cayenne may also have some supportive activity as an antimicrobial to help control infections such as pneumonia.The salt toughens inflamed, sensitive membrane lining in the trachea, eustachean tube, and throat. Apple Cider vinegar has been used since as early as 400 BC for its amazing cleansing, healing and sterilizing qualities. (As an aside, it will also help your birds assimilate calcium, and ensure hard egg shells.) I hope you get great results using this recipe. Feel free to let me know how it helps your flock!
     
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  2. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hm, that sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing, I'll have to try that some time.

    On an off note, Cayenne Pepper makes a great blood stopping agent. It, ironically, numbs pain and stops bleeding fast.
     
  3. chickenrunnin

    chickenrunnin Out Of The Brooder

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    it sounds like it would be horribly painful. but makes much sense
     
  4. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, but I guess it only burns when it reacts with the enzymes found in saliva... at least that's what I think.
     
  5. shay20

    shay20 Shay's Flock of Fun

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    :thumbsupwow thanks for that thread, i use acv on my birds but know that sounds even better, i think i will try that new remdy on my next one that i see a res promblems.
     
  6. chickenrunnin

    chickenrunnin Out Of The Brooder

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    what is acv?
     
  7. shay20

    shay20 Shay's Flock of Fun

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    Quote:sorry Apple Cider Vinegar
     
  8. chickenrunnin

    chickenrunnin Out Of The Brooder

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    LOL I totally understand now [​IMG] I guess that would be common sense on my part. Thanks
     
  9. shay20

    shay20 Shay's Flock of Fun

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    hey that ok, i did the same thing. [​IMG]
     
  10. Bluefeather

    Bluefeather New Egg

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    This sounds like an awesome remedy. We already use raw(unpasteurized) ACV regularly & sprinkle Cayenne pepper on thier food during illness.

    One concern I have though, is the microwave part. I use raw ACV for the value added by the "mother" of the vinegar. The microwave process (or any high heat) would kill it. What about just dissolving the salt in the warm water? I know our hens really like warm water in the winter time.

    What a great way to get the cayenne pepper in sick hens who are off their feed!

    Thanks,
    AJ
     

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