As with keeping any animals, keeping them healthy is very important. Ensuring your chickens are healthy leads to a longer life, healthier eggs, which in turn benefits our family. Here are some helpful items we use on the farm to ensure our flocks stay healthy all year long.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure
~ Benjamin Franklin
This is an all-natural wormer that comes in liquid and pellet form. We use the liquid form here, and it works great. Since the ingredients are all natural there is no egg withdrawal and it is safe to eat the eggs while the chickens are given this. The ingredients include cinnamon, common thyme, peppermint, fennel, cleavers, nettle, slippery elm, quassia, and elecampane. This product is made in the UK and is available on Amazon.
Oregano is used as a natural antibiotic and is used in some commercial poultry facilities instead of antibiotics. There are several essential oils that can be used to boost immunity in your flock and keep them healthy. We use a wide range here to keep the flock healthy. The link below is to the Up Nature store on Amazon where several oils can be found. Cinnamon, bergamot, peppermint, eucalyptus, and cloves are other oils that have been found to improve flock health and as a coop disinfectant.
Ropa Poultry Complete is a product that we should all have on hand. This is an all natural supplement that contains oregano and other essential oils. One major benefit by using natural remedies is the animal will not develop a resistance to the supplement, which can happen with antibiotics. The use of oregano has been replaced by antibiotics in commercial chicken farms, Perdue and Bell and Evans, with proven results.
Black solider fly larva are packed with protein and calcium. Grub Terra, located in New Jersey, uses upcycled feed for their larva. By using the feed waste from restaurants, farmers markets, and grocery stores Grub Terra is helping to reduce landfill waste.
Scratch and Peck Grit
Grit is so much more than a bag of rocks. These rocks are insoluble and remain in the chickens gizzard to help break up their food. The grit breaks down the food and allows the chickens to absorb as many nutrients as possible from the food they eat. Grit is especially important for chickens who eat a whole grain or milled grain feed. The Scratch and Peck grit is available for each stage of growth, chicks, grower, and layer.
First Saturday Lime
This lime is all natural and can be used several ways, even outside the coop! This product can be sprinkled on the coop floor and nesting boxes to help with deodorizing along with repelling and killing pests. By adding this to the chickens, horses, goats, cows, or dogs water algae will not grow. This can also be sprinkled around the house or garden to repel bugs.