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Prevent Chicken Respiratory Illnesses with these Natural Remedies

Prevent CRD and other poultry illnesses naturally

Many illnesses and diseases that affect chickens are brought on by environmental stress. Environmental triggers that may cause otherwise healthy chickens succumb to infection or illness include:

  • Extreme temperatures

  • Poor living conditions

  • Health issues like mites or worms

  • Transportation, showing or introduction to a new flock

  • Natural processes that put their bodies under stress, like moulting or breeding.

Even the most dedicated backyard chicken keeper cannot stop birds from moulting or avoid extreme temperatures. But there are things we can do to help our chickens cope with these stresses, and to protect them against Chicken Respiratory Disease (CRD) and other infections.


Use VetRx for disease control and prevention

VetRx is a high-quality remedy for chickens and other poultry. It is 100 % natural and helps in the prevention of parasites and disease. Originally developed to treat the symptoms of respiratory infection in chickens, it may be particularly effective in preventing CRD and other similar illnesses. It may also provide relief from symptoms of illness, including breathing difficulties, coughing, sneezing and wheezing. VetRx has disinfecting qualities that will contribute to preventing the incidence and spread of CRD when used throughout the chicken coop.

 

How to use VetRx Poultry Remedy to prevent respiratory illnesses in chickens

VetRx should be used warm unless otherwise specified. Heat at medium temperature in a small pan of water (the bottle should be OPEN) until a liquid state is reached. To make a VetRx Solution, mix 1 teaspoon of warm VetRx with 1 cup of very warm water.

To use VetRx to help prevent Chicken Respiratory Disease:

1.     Disinfect your chicken coop

CRD and other infections are caused by bacteria, which spreads quickly among chickens. VetRx can be used to disinfect the chicken coop and may prevent this spread.

  • Spray VetRx Solution over your flock
  • Disinfect litter by sprinkling with a few drops of VetRx every 4-5 days.
  • Sterilize nesting and roosting areas by spraying with VetRx Solution.

2.     Clear the air

Use VetRx in a vaporizer (a hot water model only) as a fumigant. Use 1 cup of full strength VetRx mixed with water according to the manufacturer’s instructions and operate for 1 hour while the flock is roosting.

 3.     Build flock immunity

VetRx given directly to chickens may also help to build immunity or fight off disease. If your birds have been exposed to an infection or stress event, or they just appear to be under the weather, do the following:

  • Add a few drops of warm VetRx to clean, cool drinking water provided in a bucket or other similar container (not suitable for use with nipple or cup drinkers).
  • Rub 1-2 drops of warm VetRx over the heads, wings and eyes of birds.


Use VetRx to treat Chicken Respiratory Disease

In addition to preventing CRD, VetRx Poultry Remedy may be used to treat the symptoms of respiratory infections. Use VetRx on its own, or combine with a broad-spectrum antibiotic.

The following methods are recommended:

  • Drip VetRx Solution into the bird’s nostrils
  • Place a few drops of VetRx Solution down the bird’s throat at night
  • Rub warm VetRx over the head and under the wings of the affected bird
  • Keep the nostrils, eyes and throat as clean as possibly by swabbing the throat and washing the head and eyes with VetRx Solution 4-5 times a day.
  • In severe cases, a double-strength VetRx Solution (1 teaspoon of VetRx to ½ cup of water) can be used.

As with all illness, good hygiene is crucial. Sick birds should be removed to isolation immediately and the coop thoroughly cleaned. VetRx should be used with the rest of the flock, as detailed above, in order to help prevent the infection spreading.

If symptoms of illness persist, consult your veterinarian.

For more information on Identifying and Treating Chicken Respiratory Disease, click here.


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Dine a Chook is dedicated to providing up-to-date, accessible information to backyard chicken keepers everywhere. If you have more questions about treating, diagnosing or preventing CRD and other poultry illnesses, visit our Learning Centre or consult Chicken Health For Dummies.