Home Remedies for Sick Chickens and Laying Hens

Natural home remedies for sick chickens and laying hens with regards to chicken diseases and problems: Marek's disease, coccidiosis in chickens, conjunctivitis, egg bound, egg eating, worms, diarrhea, mites, molting .... There is plenty of help here for your chicken problems.

People have been using alternative medicine for centuries. It was the way things used to be without the harmful drugs and additives that we are forced to consume everyday either directly or indirectly via our food source.

We hope that with your sick chicken you will look for natural home remedies and try alternative or traditional medicine first, before pumping your sick chickens full of antibiotics and drugs.

For example did you know that you cod liver oil is good for your chickens?

So is cider vinegar placed in the water for good chicken health as it eliminates internal parasites and acts as a tonic.

Cinnamon and Epsom Salts are good remedies for stopping diarrhea in chickens, and chopped garlic can also be fed to your chickens to prevent worm infestations. Aloe Vera for your chickens is a wonderful all-round health food.

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One very sick chicken. Notice the eyes.

Infographic for quick treatments for sick chickens.

We have a free e-book on chicken diseases and how to treat them using natural remedies. See what the book contains from the words of the author below:


"A compendium is a summary of a larger work or field of knowledge." The field of knowledge on alternative or traditional remedies for livestock is vast and complex. It covers herbal treatments, homeopathy, better chicken management, nutrition, acupuncture, massage among others for sick chickens and chicken diseases.

This compendium of laying hen problems is a working manual for the natural management and treatment of common and not so common chicken diseases, illness or problems that you may encounter in the raising of the laying chicken. It includes the diseases, parasites, and problems I encountered in my research on the natural rearing of chickens.

Unfortunately in is neither exhaustive nor complete. In gleaning information from many different sources I often found no alternative remedies for certain diseases. These sections are left blank in order to provide you with a place for notes, references, or your own creative remedies as you develop or discover them. This manual is a work in progress for all of us. We all, as managers of organic laying flocks, have something to contribute to the development of progressive ways to prevent and treat what ails the hen.

The compendium is set up for quick reference and note taking. Keep it in the barn and keep track of other preventative measures or treatments you have tried. When I was able to find it I included information in the following categories. The remedies are recorded verbatim from the references so may sometimes seem vague. I am leaving some interpretation to the reader. When I found nothing I left it blank for you to fill in as your experience and knowledge grows."

Read more about sick chickens and how to treat them with natural home remedies for good chicken management and chicken health care.

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