Remedies for Sick birds 1

Diarrhea is one of the most common illnesses in chickens. Your chicken’s environment and diet can contribute to diarrhea, but some simple remedies can get rid of diarrhea and can help prevent it.


1. Isolate the sick chicken if you can. Treat her until she is looking better and then let her back in with the other hens.

2. Keep environment clean and dry. Disease can spread on damp floors. Change coop shavings regularly and disinfect feeders once a year, or as you see sick hens.

3. Make sure chickens have enough room. Crowded spaces can spread disease quickly.

4. Put water containers and feeders at a height level with the backs of the birds, so they cannot defecate or scratch litter into them. Keep birds from roosting on the feeders with anti-roosting wire. Suspend water containers or put them on wire-covered platforms to help keep them clean.


1. Potassium permanganate can be used to treat diarrhea. (Potassium permanganate is the inorganic chemical compound with the formula KMnO4. It is a salt consisting of K+ and MnO4 ions. Formerly known as permanganate of potash or Condy’s crystals. It is a disinfectant for the drinking water.

Dissolve 1 tablespoon in 1 quart of warm water. Feed each chicken 1 tablespoon of the concentrated solution diluted in 1 cup of warm water. In a case of severe diarrhea you may need a stronger solution, one that is potent enough to turn your finger slightly brown when you dip it in the liquid. Do not keep the potassium permanganate mixture in a metal container.

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  1. Can I use potassium permanganate for my ducks? E.g. Put it in their swimming pool?

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