May 20, 2014

Raising Chickens Naturally- GARLIC with Herbalist, Susan Burek

Let’s explore the use of garlic in chickens with poultry herbalist Susan Burek. I am a skeptic and when I see claims that garlic fed to chickens daily acts as a dewormer, an immune system builder, increases respiratory health, repels external parasites and reduces the stink of chicken poop, I think: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Let’s explore the use of garlic in chickens with poultry herbalist Susan Burek. There is much information being parroted around the Internet and in various print publications exploiting the terms “natural chicken keeping” and “holistic remedies” for chickens, however, very rarely is there an individual with the credentials and experience to explain the proper implementation and proven benefits of various natural products. So, when I came to be acquainted with Susan Burek and learned that she pioneered the concept of natural chicken-keeping, I asked her to clear up some of the misinformation one topic at a time. Susan indicates that garlic should not be fed to chicks or chickens routinely or indiscriminately. Giving chickens garlic is only safe when used properly. When used improperly, in excess, there is a danger of interfering with good gut bacteria and/or causing Heinz anemia, which is a serious blood disorder. 
Throughout history, garlic has been treasured as a food and as a medicine.
The following is Susan's voice:
Throughout history, garlic has been treasured as a food and as a medicine. After many years as an herbalist I developed a theory that garlic might be effective at addressing some of the most common poultry afflictions such as internal parasites and respiratory ailments.  Garlic’s antimicrobial attributes have the ability to kill bacteria, viruses, fungi, mold and parasites, many of which are specific to poultry, the most common bacteria being Aspergillus, Candida,  Salmonella, and Staphylococcus.  (1) Garlic’s antimicrobial elements can work on these pathogens inside the body and on the skin. Internally, garlic targets more of the bad bacteria than the good, giving the good bacteria a better chance to regain balance upon recovery.  (2)  Another important function of garlic is as an immune system stimulator.  (3)
The following are the  five applications of garlic that I have determined are are effective at addressing common health problems in poultry.
In the early 19th century when medical care began to shift from homeopathic therapies to what would ultimately become today’s mainstream medical care, herbal practice and herbalism became nearly obsolete. With pharmaceutical advances and government regulation of the practice of medicine much of the herbal folklore pertaining to humans was lost and herbal folklore as to animal care vanished completely. As a result, I had to start from scratch in my craft as a poultry herbalist.
Using my extensive herbal training and poultry experience I developed protocols over a period of many years for poultry preventative care and treatments of various ailments such as internal parasites, respiratory illnesses, wounds, bumblefoot, and crop problems.  The following are the  five applications of garlic that I have determined are are effective at addressing common health problems in poultry.
FRESH, RAW, CRUSHED GARLIC
1. FRESH, RAW, CRUSHED GARLIC  
What it Does
Freshly crushed garlic releases the compound allicin, which is effective against bacteria, virus, molds, yeasts and other organisms.(4)

How to use it
When garlic is crushed, it releases allicin, which is a powerful antimicrobial.(4) Crushed, raw garlic is best for use as an antimicrobial agent against bacteria, virus, and fungus and mold internally and externally. Allicin is very unstable , with most antibacterial  activity disappearing after 24 hours (5) However, the allicin breakdown produces entirely new sulfide compounds that we recognize by their distinctive stinky smell. I teach chicks to eat garlic as soon as I introduce them to solid food.  I add small amounts on top of their chick food and they readily eat it along with the other solid food. I supply one clove at at a time, about 2-3 times a week for the first 3 weeks.  You can offer in a separate bowl once you are assured they have learned to eat it.  Studies suggest garlic is an immune-system builder in humans. (3)  
In adult birds, garlic can be offered raw whenever they appear “off”.  Any changes in eating and drinking, ruffled feathers, etc. Even if the behavior seems slight, that is the time to give a little boost even they might shake off themselves with no help.
In adult birds, garlic can be offered raw whenever they appear “off”.  Any changes in eating and drinking, ruffled feathers, etc. Even if the behavior seems slight, that is the time to give a little boost even they might shake off themselves with no help.   My experience has shown me an application of 1 clove per quart of water (4 per gallon, etc) is a good standard dose to use.  As a rule of thumb, I use any herb until general health is achieved, or until symptoms are gone. Crush the cloves and put inside the waterer or crush and feed raw in a separate bowl free choice.

For a topical use for skin affected by parasites, particularly mites.,  a juice can be made.  Blend 1:10 ratio garlic to water  blended in a juicer or high speed blender. Let the juice sit for 3 days before application to reduce skin irritation. Apply until the skin is free of parasites and looks healthy.
FRESH, CRUSHED, RAW in DRINKING WATER
2. FRESH, CRUSHED, RAW in DRINKING WATER
What it Does
Fresh, crushed raw garlic in drinking water is ideally used for chicks as a parasite preventative and an immune system builder. During the first 24 hours of a garlic application in the drinking water, this will offer the same benefits as fresh crushed garlic described above. After 24 hours the garlic will possess sulfide compounds that support the immune system and offer anti-parasitic properties for both protozoa (6) and worms. (7) 
Birds trained from a young age to ingest raw garlic more readily accept the flavor of garlic water than those that are not. Chickens unaccustomed to the flavor of garlic should be acclimated to it in small doses in the water, increasing over time.
How to use it
This form will not offer the same strong antimicrobial properties as crushed, fresh raw garlic, but the decoction will offer secondary compounds of sulfides and other related compounds. The sulfides bolster the immune system, by stimulating the T-cells. It supports the liver for detoxifying and helps the blood to do its work by enhancing the liver’s synthetic functions and it “thins” the blood. (In this form, garlic also offers anti-parasitic properties that research shows is due to the secondary sulfides compounds created (diallyl trisulfide). (8)  I have determined that in order for garlic to have this antiparasitic effect, it must be added to the water the ratio of 1 clove per quart of water; 4 cloves per gallon, etc., until your chicken is symptom free, regaining normal eating and activity levels. You should get a fecal float done after treatment at your vet’s office to confirm. When anything herbal is added to the drinking water, the birds must be monitored to ensure that they are amenable to drinking the water. Birds trained from a young age to ingest raw garlic more readily accept the flavor of garlic water than those that are not. Chickens unaccustomed to the flavor of garlic should be acclimated to it in small doses in the water, increasing over time.  Reduce the dosage by half until your flock will accept the taste, then start increasing the dosage as you refill or change your waterer.
FRESH, RAW, CRUSHED GARLIC IN OIL
3. FRESH, RAW, CRUSHED GARLIC IN OIL
What it does
Garlic combined with oil will offer full strength value of fresh crushed garlic up to 36 hours after mixing, and after that with much less value.  Different secondary compounds created (different from water) because it will draw different compound.  The combination with oil will create the compounds of ajoenes  and dithiins  instead of sulfides (9).  These particular compounds have antiparasitic properties for protozoan parasites. 

How to use it
Soaking crushed garlic in olive oil, peanut oil or sunflower oil preserves it in a way that water cannot.  Garlic oil not only offers the values of freshly crushed garlic, but in a more concentrated way because of the extraction into the oil.(10) This preparation may be effective to support treatment for poultry protozoan disease including coccidiosis and blackhead.  I use the basic ratio 1:4 garlic to oil and soak for 3-36 hours. 
FRESH, RAW, CRUSHED GARLIC HONEY SYRUP 
4. FRESH, RAW, CRUSHED GARLIC HONEY SYRUP
What it does:
Garlic honey syrup will offer the same benefits as garlic oil. 

How to use it:
Garlic infused into honey is an excellent way to treat respiratory infections in poultry. Crush several bulbs of garlic in a clean jarm cover with raw honey and allow it to infuse for 24 hours.  Honey itself possesses antimicrobial and antibacterial properties and the garlic will add the full properties of crushed, fresh and raw garlic if used within 36 hours. Make small batches for longer term use.  This form is used for moderate respiratory issues and infections.  I recommend an application of three - six drop dosage every two hours during the day as a general, starting guideline. Your assessment of the severity of the illness and stress of handling your bird, you should use common sense in application like you would applying any treatment.   As your chicken’s condition improves, you can lessen the frequency by your determination of the improvement and need.  In my experience I see results of improvement within 2-3 days.  Treatment should continue until your chicken is symptom free.  If you see no improvement, or with more severe infections, you may want to seek veterinary care to get a more precise diagnosis and treatment.  
DRIED GARLIC POWDER
5. DRIED GARLIC POWDER
What it offers
By nature of preparation (due to heat processing), garlic powder will be weaker than crushed garlic and commercial processing makes the end product of questionable value. Dried garlic will eventually re-introduce allicin to the intestine, but the amount is unknown and likely insufficient for the antimicrobial effects obtained from other forms. This form can offer some antimicrobial properties.(11) Dried garlic powder is my last choice for garlic application.

   How to use it
Dried garlic powder will only be potentially useful if homemade. To make, peel and thinly slice garlic, lay on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at lowest oven setting for 1-2 hours until the garlic is dried.  Cool, then store in a covered jar. Grind the garlic when ready to use. A dehydrator will also work.   
Garlic is very easy to grow and doesn’t require much room.  I plant garlic in the fall, with each clove 4 inches deep approximately 6 inches apart and heavily mulched. I harvest in late summer when the green stalks begin to dry up.
GROW YOUR OWN!
Garlic is very easy to grow and doesn’t require much room.  I plant garlic in the fall, with each clove 4 inches deep approximately 6 inches apart and heavily mulched. I harvest in late summer when the green stalks begin to dry up. Garlic can be cured on a drying rack or hung to dry for two weeks in a ventilated, shaded place. The objective is to dry the outer layers so the bulb inside stays moist and viable for up to a year. 
Raising Chickens Naturally- Garlic
Susan Burek, Natural Chicken Keeping Pioneer
Susan Burek 
SUSAN'S POULTRY/HERBAL EXPERIENCE
1. 25 years herbal study and training
2. 14 years developing poultry-specific herbal protocols
3. 14 years raising and breeding chickens, guinea fowl, peafowl and ducks
4. Poultry magazine contributor on healthcare topics since 2008
5. Blue Moon forum advising herbalist 2008-2011
6. Guinea Fowl Breeders Association Advising Herbalist 2006-2008 
7. Guinea Fowl Breeders Association Board Member 2003-2008
8. Guinea Fowl Breeders Association Member 2001-2008


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GLOSSARY

Allopathic medicine is an expression commonly used by homeopaths and proponents of other forms of alternative medicine to refer to mainstream medical use of pharmacologically active agents or physical interventions to treat or suppress symptoms or pathophysiologic processes of diseases or conditions.[1] The expression was coined in 1810 by the creator of homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann (1755–1843).[2] In such circles, the expression "allopathic medicine" is still used to refer to "the broad category of medical practice that is sometimes called Western medicine, biomedicine, evidence-based medicine, or modern medicine." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allopathic_medicine


Decoction" is a method of extraction by boiling of dissolved chemicals from herbal or plant material, which may include stems, roots, bark and rhizomes. Decoction involves first mashing and then boiling in water to extract oils, volatile organic compounds and other chemical substances.

Citations & further reading:
(5) KIM, MYUNG HEE, YOUNG DONG KANG, and KYU HANG KYUNG. “ Effect of Storage Temperature and pH on Stability of  Antibacterial Effectiveness of Garlic Extract against Escherichia coli B34”
(8) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8024350
(11) http://www.allicinfacts.com/garlic_supplement/
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509 comments :

  1. April Halverson5/20/14, 10:11 PM

    Great Articles :)

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  3. Interesting info

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  4. Crushed fresh garlic for the babies in the morning! Do chicken get garlic breath? Lol

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  5. Not every morning, Jenn. They can get Heinz anemia from too much over too long a period of time. ;)

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  6. Who knew about Garlc's uses for chickens. There is a huge amount down the mountain from me (besides what is in my flower beds) I will be harvesting towards the end of summer.

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  7. Ashley Stegg5/20/14, 10:30 PM

    Hmm I will have to try this! Being Italian I always have garlic on hand! That decal is totally adorable my friends call me the crazy cat and chicken lady haha

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  8. Very informative post. I planted garlic last fall for my family for the first time--never thought of using it for the chickens.

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  9. Nichole Kennedy5/20/14, 10:33 PM

    Thanks for the info! And I have to add, the Spruce the Coop fusion looks so nice, I'd put it in a bowl as potpourri lol!

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  10. great info, im planting garlic for the first time this fall! glad to know i can use it for the birds too

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  11. Lorie Bell Naumann5/20/14, 10:34 PM

    Thanks for the arsenal of information!

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  12. Amanda Miller5/20/14, 10:35 PM

    Great article! I'm definitely going to start using more fresh garlic!!

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  13. My RIR recently was not well and instead of greeting me at the door, was hiding behind the greenhouse with a pale comb and face. I immediately scrambled an egg and added a minced clove of fresh garlic and offered it to her. She nibbled at it for the rest of the morning and by the next morning, she had her color back and had perked up to about normal. I also keep a chicken friendly herb garden for the girls that they free choice what they need...lemon balm, basil and cilantro seem to be favorites!

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  14. Niki Sanders5/20/14, 10:36 PM

    Thank you! This is so helpful!

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    Great info. I have Wondered about this

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  16. Informative

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  19. Patricia Lessard5/20/14, 10:38 PM

    Thank you for all the information!

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  20. My juvies will be offered garlic crushed asap. Do you plant a clove from a bulb you get at the supermarket?

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  25. Paula Carroll5/20/14, 10:49 PM

    Great information. Thank you.

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  26. Great to put in my chicken file!

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  27. Love all the info....I use garlic at times for my chickens. I'm definitely trying the garlic and oil and the crushed raw in water...thanks Chicken Chick and Susan!

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  28. LOL! He'll come around, Samantha. One day you'll catch him talking to the chickens sweetly. Trust me. ;)

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  29. Very good reading. I enjoy learning, as much as possible, to be a good chicken Mom. I do grow garlic for the girls.

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    I didn't know about the garlic. Very interesting.

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  39. Christina Greutink5/20/14, 11:14 PM

    I will try some garlic with the girls; I do wonder if the odorific compounds in garlic will affect the taste of eggs. An experiment is in order.

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  42. Ashley Kniceley5/20/14, 11:16 PM

    Good information, I have been wondering about the use of garlic for chickens.

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  48. Teri Romine-Seitz5/20/14, 11:25 PM

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  50. That was some awesome info. I love your blog. Would love to try the probiotics

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  51. What great information! Thank you for sharing!

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  52. I I new garlic was good for humans, now my chicks will get it also. Great article ,
    am bookmarking for future use. Thanks

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  53. Peggy Denton5/20/14, 11:34 PM

    I'm going to see if my chicks will eat garlic tomorrow! By the way, if I were to win, I'd like the Spruce the Coop. Thanks!

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  54. Jamie Carney5/20/14, 11:39 PM

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  55. Susan Turner5/20/14, 11:41 PM

    Great information. I will try this!

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  59. Great info! Before we got our chicks I looked up several different types of things I could grow. Glad to know that our garlic is one of them, even if in moderation :)

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  60. I just had two of my two week old chicks pass today. One seemed unwell (swollen eye, respiratory distress) so, I separated her last night. I thought she might be injured and suffering a secondary infection. The second seemed to die without warning. I hadn't been using garlic but am thinking I might with the others starting tomorrow morning. I am very worried about the remaining chicks. I wonder if I should just administer antibiotic. Hopefully a vet will be able to see us soon. Any suggestions?

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  61. Cathy Eveleigh5/21/14, 12:10 AM

    Interesting!
    I always learn something new from you!

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  62. Denise Smith5/21/14, 12:11 AM

    Looks like I will be growing lots of garlic this fall!! So glad I read this article. My girls are almost 2 weeks old. I apparently need to start them on some garlic now! Thanks so much. Hopefully I can win one of these great prizes. :)

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  64. Alyssa Blackheart5/21/14, 12:19 AM

    Another great article! Thank you!

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  65. Wow, that was an amazing blog. I use garlic actively for myself but who knew it was great for chickens. The oil mixture, only potent for up to 36 hours or it takes 36 hours to reach full potency?

    What do you do if you don't have the time to administer to a sick bird every 2 hours? How do you balance life and sick chicken?

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  66. Please enter me

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  67. I was so wrapped up in the article I almost forgot to enter! Would chopped garlic sold in the store have too much breakdown ti really be effective?

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  68. Great blog post, love the information thanks so much.

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  69. Katie Mutchler5/21/14, 12:34 AM

    Good article. Interesting about the garlic powder, we frequently use that with the horses to help with flies.

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  70. finally someone summed that up, i was always confused about garlic and chickens, i love your other blog about food myths and this was a perfect addition, i am gonna give some garlic to my girls tomorrow.

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  71. Kelley Graham5/21/14, 12:44 AM

    Once again you bring us great information. Herbs in particular are important to me and because I do believe that they work they must be used and dosed correctly. Well done!

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  72. Great info. Thanks.

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  73. Chicken Chick and Susan Burek ...... two of my favorite chicken bloggers in one place ... Love it!!!

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  74. Larissa Orsborn Milligan5/21/14, 1:18 AM

    Lots of good info! Thanks!

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  75. Informational, thank you for sharing information regarding the use of garlic. My mistake in thinking I could use dried garlic, now I will change to fresh.
    Cheers,
    izzi~avis

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  76. Sandy B. Hurlbert5/21/14, 1:36 AM

    M growing garlic this year...first time! I will be using it with the girls.

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  77. Nicole Pate5/21/14, 1:44 AM

    I was just wondering how much garlic is safe this afternoon. Great timing!

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  78. Ranay Hendrickson5/21/14, 1:58 AM

    I would love to be entered in this giveaway. We have been having problems with bobcat hanging around, and some very stubborn raccoons. We've caught them on our trailcam. We got it after we had 2 of our sweet girls killed and taken, a rooster attacked, with his tail feathers completely ripped out, and my sweet little Ameraucana Sally attacked, luckily she was fast enough to get away, with just feathers pulled out. I really enjoyed the article about natural remedies to treat chickens. I much rather do it naturally if possible. I was able to heal up one of my girls bumble foot by diligently soaking it with Epsom salt and padding and wrapping her foot with vet wrap. Thank you again for all your work!

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  79. Reading later on. I've not heard of giving them garlic. Such a wealth of info you are.

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  80. Downy Chick5/21/14, 2:28 AM

    I think I can do this! Thanks for the useful info!

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  81. Gonna have to try this

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  82. Kathryn Duplichan5/21/14, 2:49 AM

    This is wonderful information. I love your tips!

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  83. Wow! Garlic! Very interesting! I had heard about the benefits of garlic but was weary about actually using it due to my concern about false info and such. It is all too often, I believe, that people rush to the internet and go off of the first thing they see without doing the research first. I am happy to see on your blog that you not only gave the info but you also gave info on Susan to validate it, along with the citations and further reading. Thank you!

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  84. Holly O'Brien5/21/14, 3:34 AM

    Garlic is amazing, and so is this article. I've bookmarked it for future use!

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  85. This is immensely helpful! I can't afford proper supplements, vitamins, etc to keep my flock healthy, so I use and swear by garlic. I didn't know it could be used topically, though! That's great since I'm dealing with another round of lice. Now if only I could afford a juicer.

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  86. I'll be trying this for sure, thanks for the good info.

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  87. Debra Polasko5/21/14, 5:25 AM

    Thank you for the amazing article. I have used fresh whole garlic occasionally in my free choice treats of greens and the girls have always seemed to like it. I used it as a booster for their immune system and hopefully deworming benefits. This article also took my worry's away that I was doing anything detrimental to the birds by offering them this, when I also read that garlic is a dangerous choice for dogs...who by the way have never gotten any, thank goodness.

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  88. Jeanwood Brown Smith5/21/14, 6:03 AM

    Please enter me. Great info

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  89. Cyndicozycottage Cynthia Thoma5/21/14, 6:11 AM

    I give my chicken chip up garlic with other herbs too .. great stuff garlic

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  90. Linda Donner Eisenhauer5/21/14, 6:19 AM

    Interesting article, would like to learn more.

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  91. Gale Lanning Conner5/21/14, 6:27 AM

    Thanks again for the awesome info and another chance to win! So glad I found your blog!!

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  92. Kristie Fontaine5/21/14, 6:30 AM

    Great information! I've always wondered about giving garlic to my chickens. Now I have the proper understanding of when and why.

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  93. Bethanne Streater McNease5/21/14, 6:36 AM

    Very interesting! Something I will definitely try with my chickens.....does it change the taste of their eggs?

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  94. crazykruger5/21/14, 6:49 AM

    Really interesting thank!

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  95. Kristin Ransiear5/21/14, 6:49 AM

    I'm a why and how girl, so thanks for not only telling us how to give garlic to our chicks and girls but why you should, how to do it, and when is the best time for each of the applications of garlic!! Extremely informative article and glad I found you guys!! Thank you!!

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  96. Pamela Lee Buettikoffer5/21/14, 7:04 AM

    Great information and I learn so much from you. Will need to introduce garlic to my 2 week old chicks. Thanks!

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  97. Would love to win the t-shirt.

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  98. dabercrombie5/21/14, 7:20 AM

    Thank you for the very timely article. Will be starting my baby chicks out right! I love Susan - already follow her FB page as well.

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  99. Really good article love if i won something

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  100. Thank you for the great info!

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  101. Very interesting and informative article. I have planned to use garlic with my chickens so this was helpful as well as timely. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win something.

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  102. Lisa Sutton Killian5/21/14, 7:34 AM

    So many things to do with garlic. I didn't know there were health benefits for our chickens too. Thank you.

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  103. Tamara Glocar Kendall5/21/14, 7:36 AM

    Very interesting. May have to try a few of these.

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  104. So good to know I can go to your site and find experienced information. Thank you.

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  105. I planted a whole bed of garlic buds last fall mainly to use and give to friends but now I think my girls will be getting a diet of garlic per your greatful instructions.

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  106. Okay, I am off to feed some garlic to my chicks. I removed their old-fashioned waterer and left two nipple waterers for them and they have not been acting right since. Even though they were drinking from the nipples, I don't think they were drinking enough. After 2 days I gave them their old-fashioned waterer back. They are acting a lot better, but still don't seem as chipper as they did before I removed the old-fashioned waterer in the first place. We'll see if a little fresh garlic helps pep them up.

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  107. Wonderful information! Bookmarking for future reference

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  108. VALERIE CARPENTER5/21/14, 8:13 AM

    Thanks for all you do. Great information.

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  109. Susan is such a good writer, and so informative. I love that she has citations for her references. Guess whose chicks are getting garlic today!?

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  110. Marcia Leingang5/21/14, 8:20 AM

    Thrilled that someone with reputable education and experience is offering this herbal advice! I can feel comfortable using these methods. Thank you!

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  111. Monica Cedeno5/21/14, 8:21 AM

    Thank you Kathy and Susan!! This article was extremely helpful!! I'm learning so much from you :D

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  112. Wendy Montreuil5/21/14, 8:26 AM

    Another great article! Thanks for all the information and your wonderful giveaways!

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  113. Great article! I love Susan's products and expertise. I hope she writes a book for us some day :D

    Please enter me for the drawing. Would love the herbal coop item! The others are great too.

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  114. Excellent article!!!!!!!! It was extremely thorough. I love the fact that it was precise and not just a general idea. Very impressed and this will be very helpful. Thank you so much!!

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  115. Andrea Joseph5/21/14, 8:30 AM

    Good to know the different ways to use garlic.

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  116. Krystal Stone5/21/14, 8:32 AM

    I grow garlic and knew of it's medicinal properties for humans I didn't know it could be used for chickens too. A very informative blog post. :)

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  117. Barbara Post-Althaus5/21/14, 8:41 AM

    Thank you for your very useful information!

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  118. Great info. Thanks

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  119. Great article. Thank you

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  120. Deborah Foti5/21/14, 9:01 AM

    Really interesting! I'm so glad you have done the hard work for us. Thank you once again for giving us the correct knowledge. And for yet another fabulous giveaway.

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  121. Alice Evans-Bourgeois5/21/14, 9:09 AM

    Guess I will be planting garlic this year :)

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  122. Great article! Really enjoy Susan's products. Hope she'll write a book for us soon!

    I am already subscribed by email. Please enter me in the drawing!

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  123. Wonnell Hernandez5/21/14, 9:11 AM

    Thank you for this wonderful information! It really helps out a newbie like me.

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  124. Susan Allen Johnson5/21/14, 9:11 AM

    This is one to put in my chicken book for sure. Thanks

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  125. I need to start growing garlic, Thank you!

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  126. Kathy Hicks Murray5/21/14, 9:37 AM

    Thanks Kathy - that's great info - I am bookmarking this and passing it along to my chicken partners :) And who knew I could ever get THIS excited about a giveaway for Bobcat Pee? Well, when you live in Rural NH and you're constantly concerned about all kinds of predators (we had a fox come out of the woods and take one of our beloved broody silkie hens last week), you come to appreciate how something like that can REALLY help keep smaller prey at bay. So fingers crossed that we can win some Bobcat Pee!! :D

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  127. Breann Elizabeth5/21/14, 9:44 AM

    Awesome article. I use garlic to heal the people in my family so I'm glad to find out it has some of the same benefits for our chicken babies too!

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  128. Enjoyed the article. Thank you.

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  129. Vernitta Wilson5/21/14, 9:48 AM

    Thank you for sharing Susan's wealth of knowledge!

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  130. Thanks so much for this information. We would love to win!

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  131. My 2 hobbies - raising heritage breed chickens and growing many varieties of garlic! My chickens get garlic almost every day.

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  132. Lori Burgdoerfer Jordan5/21/14, 10:02 AM

    Interesting.

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  133. Eggsactly. That's how you can identify the fakes, Wendy.

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  134. Who would have known so many uses for garlic.

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  135. Does wild garlic have any benefit?

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  136. themissbobbie5/21/14, 10:06 AM

    Great article! I love herbs and love even more learning how to use them effectively with my flock!!!

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  137. I love garlic, I don't wanna share!

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  138. Becky Bentley Phillips5/21/14, 10:07 AM

    Great info! I already have garlic in my garden.

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  139. Brian Collinge5/21/14, 10:09 AM

    Great article, think I am going to have to pin this one.

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  140. great article! thanks so much for the explanations and information!

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  141. Great article! I grow garlic, but that's all my flock ever got - plain, crushed garlic. They are in for a surprise!

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  142. Quinetta Sutton5/21/14, 10:21 AM

    I'm new to raising chickens and I love following your blog! So much useful information! Thank you :)

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  143. Claudia McTaggart5/21/14, 10:24 AM

    Fantastic information!

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  144. Melissa Hunt Runnels5/21/14, 10:29 AM

    Good info- thanks!

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  145. Great information!

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  146. Great info. As a new chicken mamma, this info was much needed!

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  147. Emily Coalson Stamets5/21/14, 10:32 AM

    This is a fantastic article! Now I wish I had sprinkled garlic on my meeps' food on the first day...

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  148. I had no idea. Doesn't garlic make the eggs taste garlicy?

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  149. Penny Shanks5/21/14, 10:37 AM

    Thanks for the great information. I grow garlic but did not know it could be used for chickens.

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  150. Thank you for this post - the overload of BAD information is overwhelming, but I know I can always count on your for the RIGHT stuff!!!

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  151. Thank you for the information!

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  152. thanks for the info

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  153. Catherine Earley5/21/14, 10:42 AM

    I am so Glad To know this information! Thank you!!

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  154. Great trading. Going to be planting garlic in the fall! So many benefits for my girls! Thank you

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  155. Aubrey Palmer5/21/14, 11:02 AM

    I am so glad you stopped me from going out to buy a big container of garlic powder for my girls! I wanted to have some on hand for them but it looks like it is much smarter to plant a bunch for them. Thanks so much!!

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  156. Cheryl Brooks5/21/14, 11:18 AM

    Wonderful info for when I begin my chicken keeping!

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  157. My girls are in for a treat today! Thanks for the article!

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  158. Crissy Begin5/21/14, 11:19 AM

    I had no idea garlic was so useful for chickens!! Thank you so much for this blog and all the great information posted on it!!! And thank you, also, for all the great giveaway's
    that you do!

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  159. Christopher Tarver5/21/14, 11:20 AM

    Nice article...I swear by garlic and ACV.

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  160. We just got 4 baby chicks! I need all the info I can get! Love your site! Pick me, pick me!

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  161. Cindy Darden5/21/14, 11:25 AM

    Thank you! That clears up a lot of the info I've read in the past.

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  162. Great info!

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  163. I presume the "past it's prime" that I found in the back of the fridge will suffice if crushed? Great article, and thanks for showing all the different ways to "dose" and which ones work better for which concerns!

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  164. Tracy Harden5/21/14, 11:34 AM

    I grow garlic, now I can use it for my chickens too!

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  165. Chassity Jackson5/21/14, 11:42 AM

    Another great giveaway!

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  166. Elizabeth Nicole Stelling5/21/14, 11:48 AM

    My head is spinning from all the information I have been getting. Thank you and Susan for the clarifications and uses spelled out. It is very helpful!

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  167. Melissa Mahoney5/21/14, 11:55 AM

    thanks for the info!! plan to grow my own garlic this fall and will be putting in a small greenhouse for herbs for our chickens.

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  168. Rachel Stoliker5/21/14, 12:00 PM

    We've had our chicks for a while now, interesting to see how they react to garlic.

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  169. Jonnie Darmofal5/21/14, 12:06 PM

    Very interesting article on the garlic. I am going to print it out and let everyone in the house read it. Would love to win one of your wonderful prizes being a new chick Mom!

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  170. Lynette Siemens Johnson5/21/14, 12:13 PM

    I read with great interest, thank you!!

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  171. Thank you for the information!!

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  172. Jill Oates Myers5/21/14, 12:24 PM

    Awesome article. Great information. Thank you so much

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  173. Ok, I am adding garlic to my garden this year!

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  174. great hints but garlic is not popular around this house but I like the honey/garlic

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  175. Very informative. Thanks!

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  176. Thanks for the info. Always enjoy this blog.

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  177. Elizabeth Nicole Stelling5/21/14, 1:02 PM

    Thank you!

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  178. Carolle Mallette Cox5/21/14, 1:11 PM

    That cleared up a lot of confusion in my house!!! Thanks Susan, and thanks Kathy for carrying this essay.

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  179. Katherine Herul5/21/14, 1:48 PM

    Awesome info, would have not considered it for chicken health, but since our family is a garlic fanatic family... I guess it works for them too... I am thinking some of the above recopies are going to be added to our own uses ( : Also trying to find some of the first three giveaway items in stores near me, but guessing we will have to find it online ( :

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  180. desertmtnalpacas5/21/14, 2:03 PM

    This was wonderful. I am bookmarking the page to be able to come back to it when my chickens are off.

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  181. I agree. Fantastic information. Thanks, and thanks for these giveaways!

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  182. Carol Circosta5/21/14, 2:15 PM

    I love garlice thanks

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  183. Wow! I will have to see if I can get my chicks started on a regimen for this, sounds very beneficial.

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  184. We use alot of garlic in our cooking and now that I see how useful it can be for the Chicky Girlz, we will be planting more! Thank you for the great info!

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  185. ToniLynn Coker5/21/14, 2:24 PM

    Thanks for the information! This is great!

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  186. Wonderful info as always, thanks!!

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  187. We grow garlic. Going to start offering it to our flock. Love your blog!! Really useful info and the giveaways are great.

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  188. Deanna Tyner Bartlett5/21/14, 2:43 PM

    I've got garlic in my garden. I will be using these ideas.

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  189. Valerie McNaught Rogers5/21/14, 2:46 PM

    wonderful info, Susan Burek, keep up the great work. I need an illustrated herb book to id what is growing wild around here, have looked for a book but no luck, can u recommend anything

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