Colloidal Silver For Chickens
A Natural Anti-bacteria To Keep Our Chicks Healthy!
Meet Foghorn -
She is one of our son’s newest chicken layers to the group. Of course, our son loves his chickens and names all of them as if they were pets. Foghorn definitely thinks she is our pet. She lets us pet her, follows us, and even poses for the camera. (Yes, she is posing for the camera.) Our son’s hobby of having an egg business has sure brought us joy in the silly stories of what chickens can do.
Foghorn and the rest of the gals are very important to our son. Not only because he enjoys them; but also because he gets his spending money from their eggs. It is extremely important to keep them happy and healthy. Yes, even our son’s birds are not spared my natural alternative medicine advice.
Silver For Water Purification -
Although our farm water is still very pure, we do like to give our birds the best drinking and feeding environment possible. I believe what they consume impacts ultimately their eggs. That is where silver comes into play. At the turn of the century, farmers would drop pure silver coins in their livestock water and even their own water to keep it safe from bacteria and algae. Farmers must have known something special about silver. Now, many U.S. hospitals use bandages with silver and even NASA has used silver in their water purification for space.
Instead of putting a silver coin in the chicken’s water, I use Colloidal Silver; which consists of tiny silver particles in a liquid. You may have seen Colloidal Silver promoted on the internet as a dietary supplement; but the research and evidence over it is somewhat lacking. Only folklore stories are available about its benefits.
For our chickens, I’m choosing folklore. Thus, I put about a pint of home brewed Colloidal Silver in about ten gallons of water for them. I don’t do it every day. In fact, there are stretches where I forget to send a mason jar of Colloidal Silver with our son.
Benefits of Colloidal Silver For Chickens -
Across the internet in various chicken blogs, you will find many claims that Colloidal Silver has amazing benefits to chickens. Chicken owners state that Colloidal Silver is a great anti-microbial and antibacterial; which they use like an antibiotic. In a study posted by the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health on PubMed.com, stated, “For bacteria grown under aerobic or anaerobic conditions, significant growth inhibition was observed, although multiple treatments were typically required.” It sounds pretty validating to me for our chickens.” When a baby chick was very ill, dear Grandma gave our baby chicken pure undiluted Colloidal Silver water. Carlie is now a happy and healthy adult layer.
Precautions To Note -
But, I do have to put out the caution on Colloidal Silver. The National Center for Complementary and Integrated Health states, “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said that Colloidal Silver isn’t safe or effective for treating any disease or condition” and cautions on over use of Colloidal Silver for fear of Argyria. Silver can build up in the body’s tissue, causing a bluish-gray discoloration of large areas of skin, especially those exposed to the sun. People have developed Argyria from using homemade and commercial Colloidal Silver products; particularly when the particle size is larger. I haven’t seen our chickens turn blue yet; but, I also use a Colloidal Silver generator that produces smaller silver particle sizes.
Whether you are a budding backyard chicken lover or you have your own egg producing operation, I hope you enjoyed this alternative medicine story.
DISCLAIMER: This information should not be considered to be healthcare advice or medical diagnosis, or treatment. This information is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other healthcare professionals. Always consult a healthcare professional first before trying any herbs and spices mentioned in this posting.