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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2009 12:47 pm 
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Found this on a self sufficiency forum for respiratory infections in poultry.

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ACV/Cayenne for Respiratory

3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt

Place all ingredients in a microwave-safe glass and microwave on high one minute. Stir well. Your salt should dissolve into the vinegar but the cayenne pepper won't. If you want, you can strain the pepper out, or you can leave it in. Either way, let it come to room temperature and then add to a gallon of water. This is your chicken's drinking water. (Note: you can administer this on a regular basis, but if you do, just don't add the salt every time. It is not good for your birds to continuously consume salt water, and you should only use it as a treatment.)

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Thanks for this, I love the natural remedies for chooks, I need to start a little folder for them so I remember what is what when the time comes for using them.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 6:22 am 
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Thats a good idea Savane! Would make a handy little book actually.

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I've had this idea too but it's still at the stage of wishful thinking.....
Have bookmarked lots of threads and printed useful things to remember......
The only problem in a case of sudden sickness or emergency is that there doesn't seem to be the time for finding what is needed. An alphabetical ring binder with index where pages can be added or revised seems to be the best I can come up with. Better ideas always welcome :idea:

Ritavaleimbil: thanks for sharing the remedy. Having lived most my life in Europe I never am sure how many litres by the gallon. It also depends which gallon is meant, doesn't it? Can you tell me please??? :oops:

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 4:06 pm 
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Sorry Chiquita! I normally only work in litres, must have been a US site :lol: 1 gallon = 3.784 Litres

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Ritavaleimbil wrote:
Found this on a self sufficiency forum for respiratory infections in poultry.

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ACV/Cayenne for Respiratory

3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt

Place all ingredients in a microwave-safe glass and microwave on high one minute. Stir well. Your salt should dissolve into the vinegar but the cayenne pepper won't. If you want, you can strain the pepper out, or you can leave it in. Either way, let it come to room temperature and then add to a gallon of water. This is your chicken's drinking water. (Note: you can administer this on a regular basis, but if you do, just don't add the salt every time. It is not good for your birds to continuously consume salt water, and you should only use it as a treatment.)



what was the forum called :?: l would be interested in having a look at it :D

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 9:55 pm 
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I found it on this one Kazz http://sufficientself.com/forum/ I also liked this one alot too, had alot of chooky related things on it http://www.selfsufficientish.com/forum/

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Thanks for the links Ritavaleimbil
any suggestions for a kinked neck (mine) from spending so much time on the internet :lol:

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Many thanks for the post, i make up a similar mix with garlic too, works a treat :lol:

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cherazchick wrote:
Thanks for the links Ritavaleimbil
any suggestions for a kinked neck (mine) from spending so much time on the internet :lol:


Ritavaleimbil thank you for the links lm sure every one will find them helpful
Blossom hot bath massage and also hear a barocca helps or a glass of your favorite beverage wine is mine :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 7:06 am 
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Ooo I need that now, I have some sort of lugie I caught of my daughter, dont know how well it would work on the chooks though! :lol:

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 9:15 am 
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Blossom hot bath massage and also hear a barocca helps or a glass of your favorite beverage wine is mine :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:[/quote]

Mmmm.....sounds good. I'll give it a try.
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Just a caution about salt. I would avoid adding it at all.

Some information about chicken diets and Sodium Chloride for those who are interested.

Chickens do need salt for normal body functions, too little and they get sick, too much and they get sick. The normal poultry feeds have a sodium level of between 0.15 - 0.2%. The ideal level is around 0.12% of the feed.

Low salt levels can cause some problems with reduced laying and feather pecking. This can occur if people are not feeding a balanced layer ration and are not aware of the salt content in the mix. (Just guessing to correct an unbalanced mix is a minefield.)

Higher salt levels (even a tiny increase) is toxic to chickens, especially in young birds. Clinical signs include diarrhoea, excessive thirst, loss of appetite, progressive muscular weakness, inability to stand, convulsions and death. Ascites may be present. Severe kidney damage occurs in young birds, with renal failure and death. Post-mortem findings include visceral gout and urate-impacted ureters. Less severe toxicity results in cystic testes in young chicks. In older birds that are a bit more tolerant of raised salt levels, provided that adequate water is available, feed intake and egg production are depressed by 5% sodium chloride in laying hen diets. That's not a lot of salt! Also note that the toxicity of salt is much greater when delivered via water, being approximately five times more lethal.

So my advice would be not to give salt - just feed a balanced diet. That's the best immune support for any bird. If you feel a bird is not doing well because of a dietary deficiency, then a short term boost using a vitamin, or the rickets mix would be of more help.

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