Herbs and Chicken Health
Baby Chicks can be given chick tea from day one that will assist with boosting the immune system and offer a vast array of benefits. Tea can be made by steeping them in hot water for 10 minutes. Let cool to room temperature and offer. A small pot can be brewed and used for several days. Do not worry about removing the herbs as they will be soft enough and small enough for the chicks to eat. (remember to remove the stems….ALWAYS!)
The following herbs can be used in the brooder, finely chopped or added to water to make a tea.
Poultry studies have proven that the use of oregano will assist in combating coccidiosis, E. coil and Salmonella. Oregano is packed with vitamins, calcium and antioxidants. It also helps support better immunity and respiratory health. (humans too) Fresh over dried always! Dried has virtually zero nutritional value.
Garlic not only has antibacterial properties but helps treat infections and respiratory problems. Garlic is also known to improve chicken’s appetite and the quality of the eggs they lay. Feeding garlic to your chickens will NOT change the taste of the eggs. Too much may and if so, reduce the amount. Fresh over dried always.
Turmeric reduces inflammation, is antibacterial, and has antioxidant properties that can help prevent neurological diseases. Tumeric helps circulatory systems by thinning blood and thus helps prevent frostbite in winter. Always go for fresh, shaved when possible.
Basil acts both as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. It also promotes a healthy digestive tract The respiratory, circulatory, digestive, and immune systems are all benefited by the consumption of ginger. Go for fresh shaved whenever possible.
Offering these to your chicks will result in stronger healthier chicks. Giving your chicks a natural, organic start puts them on the path to a long productive life.
Preventing B2 Deficiency: Chicks that are deficient in Vitamin B2 can develop neurological issues; which can lead to paralysis, anemia and death. Be sure that your chicks have adequate amounts of riboflavin in their diet. Good Sources include brewer’s yeast, wheat bran, sesame seeds, seaweed, spearmint, parsley and coriander.