A real lifesaver…
I have long been someone who champions for natural remedies. My appreciation for them began when I was only twenty years old, and had hit rock bottom as far as my health and well-being were concerned. At a crucial moment, someone told me these words: “If you want to change your life, you should start with what you eat.” They then escorted me, crying and hungover, to my very first health food store, where I received my first lesson in holistic ideas. They don’t know it, but they likely saved my life that day.
Since then, a huge part of my mission has been to find the most natural and organic ways of dealing with health issues. When I get a cold, I search through my numerous homeopathic kits for a remedy that matches my symptoms. When my children get a bruise, I rub arnica gel on it. And when my six-pound dog Missy eats an entire chocolate protein bar (she did this a few days ago!), I call the vet in a total panic, then support her with something natural if they tell me she doesn’t have to come in.
It came naturally.
My chickens also receive the benefit of my holistic habits. They eat organic Scratch and Peck Feed and are mostly treated holistically when needed. My family has a licensed homeopath who is happy to advise me on my chickens. Even so, there have been a few times when I didn’t have a choice but to administer conventional medicine. There is certainly a time and place for it.
So, why haven’t I talked more about natural alternatives on my website or YouTube Channel? Well, in case you haven’t noticed, natural remedies sometimes get kind of a bad rap. Due to advice that’s too general, hearsay, or expecting natural remedies to work in the same one-shot manner harsher chemicals do, many people have lost faith in their efficacy. This has created a bit of a riff in the chicken keeping community. It’s unfortunate, because in a world where there is already so much conflict, can’t we at least get along regarding chickens?
Making the decision to share.
Last winter, I had a respiratory illness sweep through my flock. Two chickens in particular were very bad off. Even though I had purchased antibiotics and was prepared to use them if necessary, I decided to first consult with my family’s homeopath. She suggested a remedy tailored for their symptoms. With a little patience and a lot of TLC, they fully recovered! I couldn’t help but make a video about it.
Until very recently, I haven’t felt like I had enough knowledge to really dive into some natural protocols for common chicken issues. That’s why I have decided to build a team of experts that can consult with Chickenlandia and bring more pointed information to you. I want to help you learn how you can raise your chickens naturally and confidently, without replacing veterinary advise, of course. It’s going to take a little time, but stay tuned…
In the meantime, check out my latest video about how I treated my sweet little rescue chicken Kiki naturally.
What do you think? Can chickens be raised naturally? Let me know in the comments!
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