May 15, 2008 at 11:01 am #243256maizieMember
Hi, i am the proud new owner of 6 Light Sussex and would like to know how to give them garlic and how much, i read on a thread somewhere that someone puts it in their water?? Do you crush it??
I am new to chooks and would appreciate any advice about other natural herbs i should let them have access to, i have Wormwood….anything else??
Thanks for your help
maizieMay 15, 2008 at 1:02 pm #342799russellauMember
I am relatively new to chook raising myself, but one thing I do know well is how to give them garlic (thanks to the many learned people at ALS who have educated me). There are two basic methods that I have used. One is to get a couple of cloves and put them in a stocking and simply let it hang in the chickens water, that way you can reuse it when you change the water. The second is to simply put a teaspoon of bottled crushed garlic in the water or a whole clove, depending on what you have. My chickens all had a cold and were sneezing a few weeks ago. I did have to resort to antibiotics at first, but now I just ensure they have garlic in their water every now and then.
Hope this helps,
RussellMay 15, 2008 at 1:06 pm #342800
Hiya maizie, congrats on your new chooks.
I like to add garlic to their food rather than their water, preferably fresh but dried if it’s easier. You can give it to them any old time, but it seems to be especially effective against worms in the days leading up to a full moon.
I put fresh garlic in the blender, one clove per chook, and blitz it to a paste with a little olive oil and a spoonful of molasses, then add the paste to a mixture of unprocessed bran, grated carrot, and whatever else comes to hand. If you don’t have a blender, just crush it with the flat of a knife or whatever.
I let my chooks free-range all day, and they can (and do) eat pretty much whatever takes their fancy – nasturtiums, yarrow, geraniums, carnations, pansies, any young tender green shoots, cat biscuits… etc…
I’ve never seen them peck at wormwood, or any other strong aromatics, come to think of it. But those strong herbs like wormwood, tansy, rosemary, rue etc are excellent to scatter on the floor of their roost to minimise mites, lice, flies.
HTHMay 15, 2008 at 9:41 pm #342801PollyMember
We have one Light Sussex Maizie and she is a lovely placid chook who I hope is just about ready to start laying. She has the sweetest nature of all my chooks.
Creeker I’ve recently noticed some of my young chooks eating the tender new leaves of a tansy plant that I cut to the ground. I’m going to give your garlic mix a go because some of my chooks avoid the garlic water. Does it need to be given for a few days or is it just for one day?May 15, 2008 at 10:59 pm #342802
I would give that mixture for one day per month as a preventative. But you could add garlic to their food more often, perhaps not a whole clove per chook. With the plants, the chooks will pick and choose what they need, it’s just hard on the garden sometimes.
For a worm infestation, I would give that mixture daily, adding finely chopped rue or wormwood and parsley, for at least a week and until the faeces were clear of worms. Transfer the chooks to clean ground if possible and treat the soil with lime or whatever is recommended.
HTHMay 15, 2008 at 11:08 pm #342803MumchookMember
All of the above is great, spot on… :tup:
I used to give garlic in the water (bruised cloves in stocking method) however I now mostly give it to them in their food. I mix up bran and pollard each morning and sometimes (not every day) put a bit of garlic in there too, stir it well then pour in hot water, stir some more and put on some flat surfaces around quickly so they can get in and gobble it up whilst warm. I use lids I wash every day and put a few around so they can all get at it.
There’s fresh garlic chopped but also I’ve noticed the produce/pet stores sell dried powdered or granulated garlic too.
I put wormwood around their floor and worm/lavender leaves in their nests.
:wave:May 15, 2008 at 11:15 pm #342804MumchookMember
Hey Russell…. see, you’re giving back advice already!
I love it when newish people ask questions, absorb the info, put it into practise and then share it with others.
A big :clap: and a :hug: from me.
And a :wave: to all…May 15, 2008 at 11:30 pm #342805jaymesMember
I’ve planted a small caged garden in the chook yard for them to pick leaves off. The garlic tops are well pruned already 😉May 16, 2008 at 12:37 am #342806baxters6Member
we have always let our’s run free. what they eat in the yard is a mix of all sorts (not the lollies) have always had the comfrey growing close by and boy do they like it. our composs heap is in their yard so that gets a good going over too if not covered up. they are all healthy and live to be very old ladies. sad but we only have 1 duck left others gone in old age too. but they are all still laying. our new ladies will be helpfull come next summer in the production line. i am very extravagent with eggs in my cooking. if they eat the tops of the garlic that are round the roses i don’t know. but as i said they have the run of the yard. now we will have to start and some how fence them off from our soon to be built new raised garden beds but when you are down the back and digging, and the look on their faces through the fence, well what can you do with spoilt friends. bevMay 16, 2008 at 1:23 am #342807PollyMember
Thanks creeker. So far I haven’t needed anything for worms but I’m making a note of your advice just in case.
I’ve noticed that the most timid of my little bantams seem to stay out of the way when I put food down in dishes. I usually just use two terracotta dishes but I’m going to add a couple more. Thanks Ree.
Thanks Maizie for starting this thread. :tup:May 18, 2008 at 9:04 am #342808maizieMember
Thanks to all for your great replies, my chooks have had their first dose of garlic and seemed to love it! :wave:June 24, 2008 at 10:38 pm #342809bdm6125Member
I have been looking for light sussex for a while now with no luck! Where did you manage to find your girls????June 24, 2008 at 10:52 pm #342810stark2Member
Has anyone noticed that their eggs taste a bit like garlic after they feed there birds? or isnt it enough to flavour eggsJune 24, 2008 at 11:56 pm #342811HummerKeymaster
I haven’t noticed any difference stark.June 25, 2008 at 3:53 am #342812
Me niether, but I can taste fish meal in pellet-fed eggs, eeuuww :tdown:
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