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The Easy Way to Give Herbal Treatments to Your Backyard Flock

| 8/7/2014 11:02:00 AM

Herbal Chicken Treat Patties

Anyone who has ever tried to chase down a small child or squirrely chicken with the intention of administering some sort of herbal medicine knows that you’ve got to be creative ... and fast ... There are many articles out there filled with great advice on how to treat your flock naturally. Unfortunately, making up any herbal concoction in your kitchen is just the beginning of your troubles.

The best way to get herbs into your chickens is to grow them on your property and either allow them access as they free-range or frequently cut and drop the plants into their run. It is a rare chicken that will not jump on a pile of fresh greens. If you don’t grow them you can easily buy them dried from a local supplier or someplace like Mountain Rose Herbs. The herbs that can be of most benefit are:

comfrey (Symphytum spp.)
garlic (Allium sativum)
chickweed (Stellaria media)
burdock (Arctium lappa)
nettle (Urtica dioica)
dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)
parsley (Petroselinum crispum)

One of the most common ailments for which homesteaders want to treat their hens is a worm infestation. If your hen is tame and can stand to be given droppersful of tea, you may give a combination of wormwood and honey or molasses. Generally this is done a couple times a day for several days. Here at our farm, our chickens aren’t nearly that cooperative. They’re also a little spoiled and expect to receive special things from time to time or they go in search of my prized tomatoes. I devised a base recipe for medicine and supplement delivery that we hand out like treats. Your chickens may be hesitant at first but, believe me, once they get a taste they will attack it every time you bring one to them.

Chicken Treat Bars

(Making All-Natural, Homemade Chicken Deworming Patties video)

12/29/2014 1:10:06 PM

You know what? It's a WHOLE LOT EASIER to buy some food grade diatomaceous earth, mix a Tablespoon into a couple of cups of cooked oats, or rice, or whatever grain your birds prefer. I have even mixed it with their mash, and they eat it dry. There's no danger at all (nor with the 'herbal method'), and it's easy. You can mix a 1/2 cup, or more to their dust bath area, or ashes, and it takes care of any mites, or external parasites. Just an additional F.Y.I.-- I put a small blop (a Tablespoon ?) of apple cider vinegar into their gallon and a half waterer, and have never lost a baby chick, nor an adult to any illness. Good luck, and happy clucking.

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