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#66741 - 01/12/07 09:43 AM Natural remidies for chicken colds?
Cranberry Creek Offline
Coop Cleaner

Registered: 11/18/05
Posts: 211
Loc: Canada
Hi, if someone knows of a good natural remidie to help prevent or ward off a chickens cold it would be greatly appreciated if you would share it with me!

One of the reasons I ask is because several of my chickens have minor colds, and I am tired of using medicine for everything.


#66742 - 01/12/07 01:14 PM Re: Natural remidies for chicken colds?
Alisha in CA Offline

Registered: 07/27/06
Posts: 57
Loc: California
Raw garlic, red pepper flakes, DE, Raw apple cider vinegar with the mother in it. In general just keeping the chickens unstressed and happy with lots of greens in their diets seems to make a huge difference.

#66743 - 01/12/07 01:23 PM Re: Natural remidies for chicken colds?
Uno Offline
Lord of the Fowl

Registered: 08/26/05
Posts: 1283
Loc: Canada
Sometimes the sniffles and sneezes move through my coop and often I don't treat it at all. It is good for your birds to develop their own constitution and be allowed the opportunity for their own natural defenses to do the job of fighting the cold. (not a cold as you and I get)

I will treat a hen if it seems the sniffles are getting the best of her, when she looks and acts sick. (I treat homeopathically) But if all the birds are doing is wheezing and sneezing but otherwise seem unaffected, I leave them be. Homeopaths feel that one or two colds a year is a good way to keep your body in fighting form, keep those natural healing powers on their toes.

Try a search for natural or homeopathic treatments, lots of info there.

#66744 - 01/12/07 01:41 PM Re: Natural remidies for chicken colds?
Rob2 Offline
Classroom Professor

Registered: 03/28/03
Posts: 3068
Loc: Pennsylvania
Uno, I agree with you. In time they wont even get those sniffles, especially if the worst offenders are eliminated. The worst thing to do is treat them with something every time; let nature takes its course and help it out by culling those persistant buggers.

#66745 - 01/12/07 08:20 PM Re: Natural remidies for chicken colds?
Susie Offline
Lord of the Fowl

Registered: 07/16/02
Posts: 1902
Loc: Arkansas
I agree with Uno and Rob.

I can't say I've ever experienced anything that I would describe as several of my chickens having minor colds - let alone repeatedly. I'm wanting to ask about drafts, clean litter, fresh air and dust control in the coop. Just about any time I had anything respiratory going on in the coop, it was my fault and totally environmental.

#66746 - 01/16/07 05:57 PM Re: Natural remidies for chicken colds?

With horses and dogs and people I try and keep two pounds of Echinacea for antibacterial and Mullein for a decongestant. When it is cold like right now and not going to let up any time soon I jump right on anything that causes distress in my outside animals. These herbs are about $8.00 per pound plus shipping.

For a chicken, I don't know; but I use a fourth of a spoonfull on dogs and I would cut that down to an eighth or so for a chicken. A horse is a spoonfull and if I don't see immediate improvement I double it.

I too got tired of running to the Vet. Put your question to Google like this "herb cold" and be ready to look at 25 answers or more to get the results you want. Some will be people selling and others will be telling you the herbs to look at.

I am very happy to see you looking for a better way. In the 1800's a Dr. was in Africa dying and had given up hope for a very terrible disease. A poor man walking by looked at him and grabbed some grass near his cot and cooked it up and fed it to him for a week. He recovered and marveled at what had cured him. Brazilian seaweed has cured HIV. Hydrogen Peroxide mist was the winner in disinfecting hospitals in England. A compound or receptor in hot peppers is now said to absolutely cure every know type of cancer. Herbs 10 pharm. 0.


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