The chicks that we brought home were rescued by brave volunteers that worked parallel to the killing crew that came in and snapped thousands of necks by hand. It is amazing that these chickens have lived this long. And it might be amazing if all of them make it another month. Some are stronger than others. One of our girls has beautiful, sleek outer feathers and a sweet filled-in face while another is smaller than the others with a deformed shoulder and a terrible cold.
The easiest way to treat chickens is with tea in their water. They all love their water and don’t mind the taste of the herbs. The infusion works quickly, so I expect whoever is going to survive is going to be well by the end of the week. No more parasites, E coli, viruses, or infections. You can use this same technique to treat other animals as well.
In a saucepan combine 1 Tablespoon of each loose herb-
3 cloves of garlic
You could also use/sub in:
Oregon grape root
We are using a blend of herbs that are anti-parasitic and antibacterial. Bring to a boil with 4 cups of water and simmer (decoct) for 20 minutes. Turn off heat and let continue to infuse. Pour 1/2 cup of infusion into small water bowl if chicks are in your guest room or the whole thing (herbs and all) into a large waterer if you are treating a whole flock.
I cut up a pumpkin and placed it in their little pen. They also get a tablespoon of cinnamon mixed into their feed twice a day.
Right now we have seven chickens taking up the guest room. I don’t want them to freeze, nor do I want them to get the other chickens sick. In their infirmary, they are snuggled together, eating, drinking, or singing. We take turns holding each one each day so that they get used to contact. My cat, Frankie, loves to snuggle on my lap when I am holding the chicks. We have a fun, little farm here.