Turmeric as a supplement

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  1. SCOUT123

    SCOUT123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read that laying hens have naturally weak livers, so i was wondering if I could put some turmeric into their diet to strengthen their livers and help reduce body fat, since i give them so many treats :rolleyes:
    If yes, would I give it in their feed or water? And how much?
     
  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    Laying hens need a balanced diet and free choice oyster shell, and limited treats. Tumeric won't fix an unbalanced diet! Where's your research on turmeric for chickens,? Mary
     
  3. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    The only article actually based on research is from linkedin, and it's about giving 0.5gm to 2 gm. of turmeric per kg. of feed to broilers and it's effect on carcass weight. That's a lot of turmeric! And, nothing about long term health or anything else. Reports of health benefits to humans really don't translate into good data for laying hens. I do like to see actual scienc reported, although these were nicely written and illustrated articles. Mary
     
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    KikisGirls BYC Fan Premium Member Project Manager

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    The National Institute of Health even suggests that adding turmeric as a dietary supplement can increase resistance to avian necrotic enteritis.
     
  5. SCOUT123

    SCOUT123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    should i add it to their water or food, and how much?
     
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    I'd love to see the NIH article! Mary
     
  7. Folly's place

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    Some yummy sounding recipes for chicken with turmeric, though. Mary
     

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