This recipe is a natural antibiotic for chickens. If you are raising your own chickens, you know that sometimes they get sick and need antibiotics. These can be expensive and difficult to get ahold of. Plus, most antibiotics are filled with chemicals that are not good for the birds or the farmer’s family who eats them. However, there is an all-natural alternative that you can make at home in your kitchen!
Allow the mixture to steep
The best part of this natural antibiotic is that it has a shelf life of up to one year. That means you can make a big batch and use it whenever you have a sick chicken, or just save it for later in case of emergency.
To make the mixture, combine 1/2 cup each apple cider vinegar and olive oil, 4 tbsp honey and 6 drops each tea tree oil and eucalyptus essential oil with 1 cup water in a small jar or bottle with a lid. Tighten the lid on the container securely before you shake vigorously to mix everything together. Let this mixture sit at room temperature for 24 hours so that all of its ingredients can infuse fully into one another (it will turn dark brown). After 24 hours has passed remove from heat source then strain out any solids using cheesecloth or similar material. You should now be left with an amber colored liquid which will be ready to use on your chickens!
In a glass jar
- Use a glass jar with a wide mouth so that it’s easy to put in and take out the ingredients.
- A large glass jar is preferable because it will allow you to add all of your ingredients in one batch.
- Choose a jar that has a lid that seals tightly, so that you don’t have to worry about bacteria getting into your mixture after adding the water.
Add in the ground black pepper
To round out our natural antibiotic arsenal, we’ll add in the ground black pepper.
Black pepper is a powerful anti-fungal and anti-bacterial agent. It’s also known to have some anti-viral properties.
It can be used for treating a variety of different conditions including chicken pox and shingles, as well as many other viral or bacterial diseases.
Add in the water
- Add in the water.
- Add enough water to cover the peppers. If you’re using a mason jar, add enough water to fill it up and put in an inch or two on top.
- Add enough water until you have 1 cup of total liquid.
Crumble or chop up the red peppers (you can use your hands or a food processor)
- If you have a food processor, use it to chop the peppers.
- If you don’t have a food processor, use a mortar and pestle.
- Don’t forget to wash your hands after chopping the peppers! That’s important for keeping bacteria away from your chicken coop as well as yourself (and other people).
You want to chop the red peppers into small pieces so that they will be easy for the chickens to eat them.
You can make a natural antibiotic for your chickens with only black pepper, red peppers and water.
- Take three tablespoons of black pepper and one tablespoon each of red peppers.
- Add these ingredients to four cups of water and boil for about an hour, until you have a thick liquid that resembles syrup or honey consistency.
- Let it cool and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator, where it will last for several months (if you don’t use all of it before then). You can add other natural ingredients like garlic or onions if desired – this will vary depending on your chickens’ tastes but keep in mind that garlic is toxic for some breeds so use sparingly!
Backyard chicken keepers are always looking for ways to keep their flocks healthy and strong, especially during the winter months when the weather is not cooperating. Here we discussed one natural remedy that can be used without worrying about any adverse effects on your hens or their eggs: garlic juice mixed with apple cider vinegar. This mixture has antibacterial properties which could help prevent illness before it starts – just as long as you follow these instructions!