Turmeric

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chicknmania, May 19, 2012.

  1. chicknmania

    chicknmania Crowing

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    Turmeric is sold as a immune system booster for poultry. Instructions read " give no more than 1/2 % of total feed ration" What the heck would be 1/2 % of, let's say, a standard sized feed scoop? I also have read that Turmeric is useful as an anti-inflammatory agent for tendinitis and related conditions in people, and I wondered if anyone has tried this on poultry? I am about to, we have a bantam hen who has a slight (permanent) limp, and I want to see if it will help her..one of our peacocks has also developed a limp, I think he has sprained something. My reasoning is, I can give it to the whole flock, and it might help those two also, before I have to resort to confining them.
     
  2. hencackle

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    Whenever I use it, I mix it into some homemade kefir and pour that over a bowl of feed and give it a quick stir.
     
  3. 2greenboyz

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    Turmeric (curcumin) is used in Indian cooking a lot. I take it as part of my supplement regimen b/c it is supposed to inhibit cancers. It also is used in a pigeon treatment (herbal mix) for canker or trichomonas. I just used that treatment as a precaution on my flock including some 10 and 13 week old pullets. I tasted it, yuck - was it ever bitter. I gave it to them for five days and they didn't even notice! Came through the treatment just fine. The bottle says 1 teaspoon in one gallon of water - and the turmeric is the main ingredient. How that would translate to what you are doing I don't know, but I understand that turmeric has a pretty wide safety margin. Oh, and the herb also says it is good for round worm.

    To get the amounts to use, I just move the decimal point over one for each %. ie: 10 % of 2 lbs = 0.2lbs, 1% of 2 lbs = 0.02, then half of that is 0.01 lbs, You'd have to convert that to an actual unit of measure if you don't have a scale. I know, its confusing. I hate math [​IMG]
     
  4. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    When referring to feed you use weights not volume.
    So a ½ % would be a ½ lb of Turmeric per 99.5 lbs of there regular feed.
    OR
    Roughly 0.08 oz to 1 lb of there regular feed.

    Chris
     
  5. chicknmania

    chicknmania Crowing

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    well....ok...[​IMG] They just don't seem to like it. I've tried giving it before too. I'll have to figure out the dimensions, I guess.
     
  6. hencackle

    hencackle Songster

    Mar 25, 2007
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    Try mixing it into yogurt, kefir, or buttermilk--something you know they like. Then, stir the mixture into the feed/treat bowls.
     
  7. chicknmania

    chicknmania Crowing

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    Ok, thank you!
     
  8. marob

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  9. marob

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    Tumeric
    1/2 of 1% of feed ration=
    .5# per 100 wt.
    ~13 tsp / oz.
    1 c= .33lb
    = .025#/5# feed. _ 1 lightly rounded tablespoon
    arrived at from internet search of tumeric measurements and some arithmetic
    Enjoy! :)
     
  10. remisophy

    remisophy Chirping

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    I have Terminix oil how much for one hand dosage as an anti-inflammatory?
     

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