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Thread: Essential storecupboard ingredients for keeping chooks?

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    RichmondHens is offline Early Fruiter
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    I keep:

    Flubenvet 2.5% for worming
    Diatom for dusting birds directly and chucked liberally around in nestboxes and houses
    Johnsons Pyrethrum or Permethrin spray for mites/lice (not cheap but worth having if you spot a few crawlies - note there is an egg withdrawal with this product)
    Purple spray for wounds/ID marking
    Stalosan powder disinfectant
    Apple Cider Vinegar (horse stuff not culinary) add to water one week in four, only use in plastic drinkers
    Tylan - antibiotic for respiratory probs
    Coxoid - for coccidiosis although I've never had to use it!
    Creosote/Creocote for treating hen houses/killing and preventing red mite
    Surgical Spirit for scaly leg mite
    Lots of garlic grown in garden
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    Definitely Flubenvet and Apple Cider Vinegar. I like to use a little Poultry Spice in a hot mash at this time of year and a few drops of cod liver oil once a week in this. I have mite powder and limestone flour on hand too. Trailer getting bigger?
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    Where are you going to get all this around Leeds though? If you come up the M1 (urgh) there is an agri feed store near me that has some of what you want. It's on the edge of Ashby de la Zouche. Not so far from M1. Could meet you and show you. Best Flubenvet price for me was at an agri place near Tutbury - 13 instead of 18 I have paid elsewhere.
    Who else buys chicky stuff close to M1 or M40 roads?
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    Oops just saw KD is Internet ordering instead - makes sense!
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    Lol . Trailer? Try articulated lorry... Thx for the really kind offer VVG, but as you say it's probably easier if I order everything online (talking of which, must do that today!) - I think it'd be really hard to get all this stuff in the city, although some of it I know I could source if I had more time.

    Please can someone explain the difference between apple cider vinegar for horses / poultry, and the apple cider vinegar they sell in the supermarkets or bio food shops? The stuff I have in the kitchen is from a local producer, and is non pasturised, and 4.5% acidity. I got this from the supermarket - not used for the birds yet, apart from mixing with some 'eco friendly' kitchen cleaner and water to scrub between the boards of their coop periodically.

    By the way, if I don't reply for ages sometimes it's probably because my stupid laptop is in the process of dying a death and doesn't always work .

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    As far as I understand it the ACV we buy for poultry/horses is unpasteurised and much cheaper than the weeny bottles from the British supermarkets. No idea about acidity sorry but I'd guess they're all the same. I think I'd be inclined to use what you can get most easily.

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    Ditto what Sue says. It really is a lot cheaper to buy horse stuff. But if supermarket stuff is all you can get then fine. Dosage approx 10 ml per litre of water but tbh I just slosh it in and I'm sure my birds get a much stronger dosage than that and they haven't died yet!
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    Same here, my dose is measured as two 'sloshes' per drinker no ill effects noticed!
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