Last Modified on Jun 14, 2014
Sick chickens? Ailing chicks? Or just looking to ensure optimal health among your brood of farmyard poultry? Surprisingly, chickens (especially baby chickens) have plenty of health issues that pop up during the course of their lives. This might include chicken mites, chicken lice, picking (a condition where chickens peck at one another due to stress, lack of food or water, or overcrowding), molting, and various chicken diseases. Sick chickens may be lethargic, show poor coloration or texture in the feathers, may eat or drink less, and may produce weakened or fewer eggs.
A number of natural remedies have long been used to address poultry diseases, ward off pests, and enhance overall chicken nutrition.
Natural Cures for Chicken Health: Apple cider vinegar for chickens is especially popular as a home remedy for poultry. Apple cider vinegar added to chicken feed or water supplies may improve nutrition and help to ward off insect pests. Wood ashes, dandelion greens, garlic, and onions are also popular remedies among the chicken coop.
[YEA] Apple Cider Vinegar is wonderful for Chicken health. It will make chicks feather out faster and gain more weight and be generally healthier throughout their lives. Just remember to put the water in a non-metal container. I put maybe 1 Tablespoon to a pint of water. More is ok too, up to about 50%. For grown chickens, if they start molting, put them on vinegar, or if they need worming or have any kind of intestinal disease, put them in vinegar.
[YEA] I have found that chickens and geese both respond very well to cod liver oil. I always treat sick or lame birds. administered 4 times a day recovery usually two to three days.
My chickens have lice. They are free range, fed organic soy free layer feed, organic cracked corn, and various kitchen scraps 95% organic. Any suggestions? Thanks to all who give advice on earth clinic. It is a life saver!