Chicken “Natural Medicine”


I have bought some chicks and a couple keep dying.  I know that’s a certain extent.  I usually have 1 die.  But I have a few (4,) that I’m keeping separate. Here are their symptoms..

Not social…cast outs

Barely eating


Diarrhea (sp) really watery, not just rust color.

Very unstable. like they’re dizzy

I have googled lots of illnesses…worms; I’ve given them yogurt.  Anyhoo, just wondering if you’ve had success with diagnosing.

Thank you for any help/advice you can offer.




(From my own experience- I am not a vet. and and don’t claim to be.)


Hi Wendy,

I put all sorts of things in my animal’s water to keep them healthy and worm free. Try colloidal silver and apple cider vinegar. I Add 1/2 teas. of apple cider vinegar to their water daily for about 4 days until they seem to be better. If they are not doing better, continue until they are. The silver is different depending on how strong it is, but very similar in application. I rotate them. Apple cider can be given daily; the colloidal silver is used when you know that they are sick. This also works on larger animals just increase the dosages. I have also given them garlic cloves to peck at for their antibiotic properties, and of course, we pray over our animals like the scriptures tell us to do. Make sure that their anuses are free of poop and that they are not too warm or cold. Make sure that you are feeing them the right “chick food” so that they are not getting too much roughage.

Hope that that helps- it has worked for us.

Questions about Chickens

The following statements are my opinions that I have made according to my studies and experiences. I am not a doctor or an “authority” on the subject. I invite you to do your own studying and then you can decide if chickens are for you and your family. 



April, I am seriously interested in the chickens. I was wondering if you could give me a little heads up to what I am getting myself into. I am wondering what you have. How many chickens would I need at a minimum for them to be happy. Also, How large of a structure would I have to build? I was thinking two or three chickens. What to do you think?



Chickens are very easy, just feed them and keep them watered. If you google chickens you can find out the particulars, but we have 10 and a coop that was 4×4. The chicken yard is 16 square feet. We have 3 nesting boxes, and that suits them just fine. If we wanted only 2 chickens, that would be plenty of room. My neighbor has 1 chicken, and she lays eggs just fine.

I just looked up in our notes and found the following:

Laying hens need 1.5 sq. feet side and 8 sq. feet outside.

Large hens need 2 sq feet inside, and 10 sq. feet outside.

Nests- 3 laying hens per nest. There are patterns or designs also on the net if you are interested in building a coop. My husband can build coops if you are interested. He charges for time and materials. (He used to be a builder, so he has quite a lot of experience.)

When we bought our chickens, 3 died right away, and 1 has died since. Apparently this is a common occurrence with chickens. So, I would buy a few extras.

Hope that helps, April 🙂


Question: What are your thoughts on the chickens and the bird flu? Would this increase your risk of getting the bird flu?



Answer: As far as I understand, transient birds transmit the bird flu. It doesn’t come from birds that don’t already have it. The key is to keep foreign birds out of your pens, and this can be done with proper fencing and other precautions. I personally don’t live with my birds, as do the people in China that have gotten bird flu from their own chickens. I also don’t go to open chicken markets where there are many diseases.


Bottom line, could you get it from your own chickens, yes, but I am not going to worry about them, or me at this time. It could be years before it hits Utah, and at that point, I can move them in the garage, or slaughter them, and start hatching their eggs for a new batch of chickens.


April, Wondering about cost to build chicken coop for around 8 chickens. Thank you again, Wendi 


Hi Wendi,
The cost depends on how big and elaborate or how simple you do it. You can spend from $100 to $1500 pretty easy. Wood is getting to be expensive, but if your husband can build it for you, then you can get by on the lower end. I have seen chickens in old dog houses with a nesting box inside, as well as cute elaborate buildings. At Thanksgiving Point, they have a 3 sided lean-to, with a roosting stick. You can spend as much or as little as you want.


Hope that that helps, and thanks for asking.

April 🙂