DEAR NEW FARM:
I have a rooster which has had severe ear infections. We
flushed the inner ear and put him on antibiotics, just to
have it return in a month. He now has a fungal infection on
top of everything else. I am looking for a product to support
and enhance his immune system. Do you have any advice for
my problem? Thank you for your website. I look forward to
hearing from you.
We asked our friend Jeff Mattocks of the Fertrell Company
for his help with this one. Here’s what Jeff had to
The rooster actually has what is known as coryza, the equivalent
of our common cold, which is affecting his sinus cavity
and appearing to be an ear infection. Coryza is spread by
wild birds and rodents, and is generally prevalent only
when air quality is poor or there is not enough air circulation.
I have successfully treated this by feeding or squeezing
the contents of a Vitamin E gel cap down the throat. I use
the liquid-filled ones at 200 mg, one gel cap per day for
10 to14 days for severe infections. The secret to natural
treatments (that rarely gets followed) is this: “Give
seven days of treatment beyond the visible appearance of
the last symptoms.”
The fungal infection is more than likely related to parasites
or is a side effect of a weakened immune system. The vitamin
E will support the immune system, but if the E doesn’t
cure the fungal infection, then parasites are a reality
and should be addressed.
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