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Chicken Health - Natural Remedies for Chickens!

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.

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Apple Cider Vinegar   1  0   

Posted by Anita (Somewhere in the Deep South) on 06/14/2014

[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.

Cod Liver Oil   1  0   

Posted by Amanda (Trenton, Ontario) on 08/08/2008

[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.

Lice Remedies   1  0   

Posted by Farm Mama (Mount Dora, Fl, Usa) on 10/19/2009

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!

Replied by Sharik
Arcata, California

You might sprinkle their "dust baths" with DE (diatomaceous earth). It dessicates the tiny little livestock by cracking their carapaces and drying them out. Make sure you get food grade DE and this should do the trick. Diatoms are tiny sea creatures that have been around for many millions of years (and still are) and are totally natural, but if you have asthma or related problems, I suggest using a mask while integrating the DE with the dirt.
Replied by Farm Mama
Mount Dora, Fl, Usa

[YEA]   Sharik, thank you for the suggestion! I used D.E. sprinkled on the worst cases and filled their dust baths for the rest. The lice disappeared ASAP and haven't had a reoccurrence since.

Sincerely, Farm Mama

Replied by Vamp
Beaver Dam, Wi

If nothing else works you can try 1/3 cat dose of Frontline on an adult chicken to rid them of lice, feather mites or other mites.

You can also try this: Sulfur has been used for many years. The treatment of individual birds with powdered sulfur is satisfactory if liberal amounts of dust are used and if application is thorough. Dipping the birds in sulfur baths is laborious, but the results are gratifying. Dips may be prepared by mixing 2 ounces of finely ground sulfur and 1 ounce of dish detergent to a gallon of lukewarm water. The feathers should be wet to the skin, and the head ducked. It is always advisable to dip fowl on warm, sunny days or in heated buildings. Treatment with either sulfur dusts or dips should be repeated as required.

I have used sulfur/soap dips myself on feather mites with good results. You should not use poultry dust or Seven garden dust weekly on poultry because the mites will become immune to it and you will have a hard time removing them if you have an outbreak.

Replied by Newveggie
Mount Dora, Florida

hi, I dont spose you sell your eggs. recently became veggie and trying to find new places to buy produce.

Remedies for Common Chicken Diseases   0  0   

Posted by Chickencoopathome (Australia) on 10/10/2013

I'd like to add additional home remedies for common chicken diseases. Cinnamon and epsom salts for diarrhea, aloe vera for all year round health of chickens and oregano oil extract for colds.

Wholesome Food for Chickens   1  0   

Posted by Abbey (Coffs Harbour, Australia) on 03/17/2008

[YEA]  I make a small bowl of mash for my chickens everyday, with oatmeal, garlic, a little honey, a little iodised salt, olive oil and a desertspoon of ACV. My chickens get out for an hour or two before bed of a night for some green pick and they are doing well, no worms, no problems at all and plenty of eggs.

Replied by Saygaa
Rigby, Idaho

My husband and I got chickens last year. I am always looking for ways to keep them healthy. How do you make the mash for your chickens? Are there certain amounts of each of the ingredients that you use?
Replied by Shane
Newcastle, Nsw, Australia

Any idea what all the ingredients do? I've heard feeding garlic powder in normal food will help with mites and make the poo smell like a pizza shop :) Apple Cider Vinegar is good for their gut flora oats for fibre did you use milk in this too? milk calcium.. Honey?
Replied by Ruby
Birdsboro, Pa Usa

I add apple cider vinegar to their water, but that isn't all. I add rosemary, thyme, garlic, clove, and cayenne pepper also. The pepper keeps them warm & chickens don't have taste buds so it doesn't burn their tongue. Honey bees will seek out rosemary & lavender when they do not feel well, so I use all these for my healthy naturally raised chickens. My silly little 3 months old goat doe likes to drink the chickens " brown " water... Lol brown from mixing all the herbs in. I do use powdered form for their water, but put fresh & home dried herbs in their nest boxes. I also dust their areas with food grade D. E.
Replied by Wirihanasouth
Otago, New Zealand

Hi Ruby from Birdsboro, how do you add the herbs to the water? Do you chop them up first, or put whole branches in? I've got a chicken who's looking a bit slow and unhealthy, and I'm going to try your remedy and see if it helps. Thanks.


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