Your Chickens - - Feature | Wellbeing -

While the health-giv­ing ben­e­fits of gar­lic (and al­licin, the ac­tive com­pound within it) have long been known for hu­mans, ini­tial tri­als con­ducted by Al­licin In­ter­na­tional have in­di­cated that it acts as a de­ter­rent against known poul­try pest red mite. The com­pany’s al­licin­based prod­ucts are used for live­stock (and by hu­mans) across the board, and in the case of chick­ens, its re­search re­vealed that mites at the nymph stage of growth were put off by the al­licin taste in the blood­stream of the sam­ple birds and so they didn’t try to feed again off them. Ap­par­ently, lab­o­ra­tory tests also re­vealed that there were no traces of the gar­lic com­pound in ei­ther the meat or eggs from treated birds.

As well as act­ing as a red mite re­pel­lent, ac­cord­ing to the com­pany, al­licin can also boost the health and vi­tal­ity of birds over­all. There­fore, it is worth con­sid­er­ing even if you don’t have a red mite in­fes­ta­tion. Clays Nat­u­ral Health sells Al­licin In­ter­na­tional prod­ucts, along with a range of other nat­u­rally-minded op­tions. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.claysnat­u­ral­health.co.uk.

RIGHT: An Om­let coop

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