Synthetic or organic antibiotics for chickens are part of the important components of poultry chickens medication. Poultry chickens are vulnerable to several infections and illness, especially when raised under a deep litter system, hence, antibiotics are a must-have in the chickens’ “first aid box”.
Antibiotics are substances served to chickens to prevent and treat infections of any kinds; they could be of various origins, organic and inorganic antibiotics. The latter is very common and used commercially because it is readily available and quite faster in action.
Poultry farmers are becoming very conversant with the health of their consumers in relation to the meat or egg produced for the populace; hence, they embraced organic poultry production.
Organic poultry farming is the system whereby all the inputs used by the farmers in the production of the meat and egg from the poultry are gotten from natural recipes and not synthetic recipes.
One of the problems or probably the limiting factors of organic poultry farming is the medication used to maintain and sustain the health of the birds. Most of the medications used in poultry farming are inorganic; talk of the vaccines used for poultry chickens, to the approved antibiotics for poultry and other medications.
However, in order to make organic poultry farming sustainable and achievable, lots of studies have been carried out on some herbs for poultry birds and they have been proven to be very effective; these organic antibiotics are broad-spectrum and cover lots of infections. The recipes used to make these organic antibiotics for chickens are natural and can easily be gotten at relatively low cost
One of the advantages of using these organic chicken antibiotics is that they do not contaminate the chicken’s products, thereby making the eggs or meat safe for consumption at any period.
Recipes Used As Organic Antibiotics For Chickens
The following recipes can be used in making organic antibiotics for poultry birds.
- Raw or unadulterated honey.
- Scent leaf
- Cayenne pepper
The above recipes are natural and have been tested to be very potent antibiotics. Some farmers had testified to the efficacy of these recipes on Justagric Facebook group, WhatsApp group, and other platforms.
Using Raw Honey As Organic Antibiotics For Chickens
Raw honey, I repeat raw honey, is one of the essential commodities and blessings on all living things. Raw honey has copious benefits for both animals and man. Raw honey is a potent antibiotic and can serve as natural remedies for chickens; it can be used to cure any form of infection or diseases.
Using pure honey in poultry would not only serve as natural antibiotics but also anti-stress to alleviate all forms of stress in your birds, such as heat stress. Although, quite expensive but it serves a wide range of benefits that would greatly boost the productivity and profitability of your flock.
Read also: HOW TO KNOW A GOOD HONEY
Using Garlic And Ginger As Organic Antibiotics For Poultry
Garlic and Ginger are a must-have medical recipe in an organic poultry farm; they are part of the ayurvedic medicine for poultry. The combination of these recipes gives a cheap and highly effective natural antibiotic. They are broad-spectrum natural antibiotics like raw honey.
Have heard lots of farmers testifying to the efficacy of these recipes, either used singly or when combined. The screenshot below, from justagric whatsapp group, shows the testimony made by a farm from Kenya on how he used ginger to cure cough in his chicken flock in less 24 hours.
Ginger and garlic are natural antibiotics for chickens; they are highly effective antibiotics. They can control other poultry diseases such as chronic respiratory disease and coccidiosis.
Using Scent Leaf As Organic Antibiotics For Poultry
Have known scent leaf to be very strong antibiotics for long; personally, I do extract the juice and drink. Scent leaf, commonly called Efirin in Yoruba is a very good natural antibiotic that can be used by man and animal.
The use of scent leaf for poultry has several benefits; apart from being an effective natural antibiotic, scent leaf has a distinct aroma that helps improves the quality of the meat from the chicken; it makes the meat tastier and more nutritious.
Using Turmeric And Cayenne Pepper As Organic Antibiotics For Chickens
Turmeric and dried cayenne pepper can be used to treat coccidiosis in chickens. They are also very potent antibiotics and can be used for chickens without any discrimination. You can have the two mixed together and served on a regular basis.
Processes Involved In Making Organic Antibiotics For Chickens
Organic chicken antibiotics are easy to make using any of the aforementioned recipes.
You can use any of the above recipes singly or a combination of two or more recipes. Currently, there is no precise or standard formulation for the preparation of chicken organic antibiotics using the recipes above; however, you can use any of these formulations and observe the response of your birds; you can always make adjustments anytime you wish.
- If you are using honey, mix the honey in clean water at a rate of 2ml per liter.
- If you are using ginger and garlic with or without turmeric, weigh 500grams of ginger and 500 grams of garlic with or without 300 grams of turmeric. Blend these recipes in 2 liters of water; if you are using nipple drinker, it is best you strain the mixture to avoid blocking of the nipple by the solid particles in the mixture.
- If you want to add dried cayenne pepper, ensure it’s not more than 50 grams. As for the scent leaf, add 100 grams or more, and blend in 2 liters of water. Strain the mixture to separate the solid from the liquid. The liquid is your organic antibiotics; you can serve your chickens anytime, either as a preventive measure or treatment of any disease or infection.
Dosage: Serve your chickens 5ml of the liquid portion of the mixture in every one liter of water to treat or cure a disease. However, you can serve 2.5ml in every one liter for prevention. You can mix these recipes in different concentration and observe the response of your chickens to this medication.
With these organic antibiotics, organic poultry farming can be achieved and the cost of production can be greatly reduced without compromising the quality and quantity of egg or meat produced.
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