Astragalus: The Herb that Heals and Protects Chicken's Immune Systems

| 12/4/2017 10:36:00 AM

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Herbs in the Chicken Coop 

When you first begin your homesteading adventure, you typically begin with the gateway animal—chickens. Chickens are some of the most entertaining of livestock that you can have. They offer eggs each day (or almost each day), a cute egg song, and a beautiful scene across your landscape when, and if, they free range. There's nothing quite as beautiful as chickens in their free ranging element. 

But what happens when you start realizing that chickens can also be the most complex animal on the homestead, especially when it comes to their health?

Joel Salatin often says that he's not in the business of treating animals because his animals typically don't get sick. Through the efficiency of rotational grazing, including his chickens, it leaves little room for bacteria and diseases to take hold of his animals. We believe in this method as well. 

But there can be times when you simply can't help the situation. It can be due to genetics, compromised immune systems, or migrating birds that carry diseases....sometimes you might not be able to avoid a situation completely.

This is where the world of herbalism comes into play on the holistic homestead.

12/19/2017 1:10:08 PM

Robert -- that's not how immune stimulating herbs work at all. Herbs like echinacea and astragalus boost the immune system, allowing the immune system to kick the issue out of the body. The herb itself doesn't do it.

12/19/2017 1:10:07 PM

Whether something is hypodermically injected or ingested, the herb still enters the bloodstream. That is the ultimate goal. It can still give the same exact result.

12/13/2017 12:14:00 PM

I have read that in Chinese medicine astragalus is not given after a patient has developed symptoms because the protective shield created will then serve to keep the virus in the body.

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