Hi, I want to know if there are any monthly medical doses that a hen needs?
**************************************************** Those raising chickens under battery conditions medicate their chickens all the time. They do this as a prevention as due to the close and unsanitary conditions that the chickens are being raised in, all sorts of nasty diseases arise.
However, If you are raising chickens in your backyards or homesteads you never have to monthly medicate if you follow those simple steps I talk so often about, and the 2 most important is a good diet, and absolute clean conditions in raising your chickens.
Where I live we get a lot of rain and so I am constantly changing the litter where it gets exposed to the weather. For those of you who have experienced wet straw mixed with chicken poo and left over grain they will know when I say that the straw just reeks. You cannot expect your chickens to live happily like that without making sure that it is removed immediately and replaced after the rains have stopped.
If this straw wasn't removed at once, there is no doubt that the chickens would get dreadfully ill. Any type of unsanitary conditions where the coops are not scrubbed down regularly will result in disease.
Scrub the coops regularly with a weak solution (1% dilution rate) of cloudy ammonia. Remove the chicken manure from the coop on a weekly basis. If the coops remain dry, keep adding new litter fortnightly and then replace new after 3 months.
Feed your chickens garlic, chopped up pumpkin seeds, mint and wormwood regularly to protect them against worms. You can add chopped up garlic to their water on a weekly basis.
Spray the vents of your laying hens with a 10% dilution rate of garlic juice in water to prevent mites. Spray weekly for 3 weeks in a row. Another way to keep mites down is to put a few drops of tea tree oil onto the litter of each nesting box.
Don't feed your chickens rubbish - they are not like pigs that can eat anything. Feed them a good laying mash, and lots of greens including spinach, lettuce, cabbage, sage, parsley, aloe vera, mint, pumpkin, melon and zucchini leaves, wormwood, dandelions and finally some plain yogurt now and then along with a weekly does of cider vinegar in the water.
If you follow these guidelines, and allow your chickens to also free-range whenever possible, you will be raising healthy chickens that won't need any monthly chicken medicines other than those that nature provides in the form of herbs and food.