Your Poul­try

Home reme­dies for the sick chicken

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Contents - Words Sue Clarke & Nadene Hall

When a chicken gets sick, you may not be able to get im­me­di­ate help from your vet. How­ever, you might have ac­cess to a rem­edy in your kitchen or laun­dry.

A home rem­edy may give an an­i­mal relief and give you time to source more ef­fec­tive med­i­ca­tion and ad­vice. Please don’t rely on home reme­dies alone if you have an ill bird. Get ad­vice from a vet as soon as pos­si­ble.

Some of the ‘reme­dies’ you read about on­line may con­trib­ute to the over­all well­be­ing of your birds. It’s highly un­likely they will be a cure for a par­a­site bur­den or a con­ta­gious dis­ease.

In most cases, there is no sci­ence to prove they work. In all cases, any rem­edy should be used with cau­tion: first do no harm. ‘Reme­dies’ you find could be toxic, or do noth­ing at all.

The fol­low­ing are some of the more com­mon things you can try, where re­search and/or long-term use have shown they can have ben­e­fits.

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