The word is “moderation”, you can see various guidelines across the Internet, but the way forward is to follow the advice of experts and the results of real studies on how much garlic you should feed your chicken.
- Use one fresh garlic clove per liter or 4 per gallon in water.
- In oil: use half a fresh clove to 1 liter or one to 4 pints.
- Over-food: one clove, crushed or finely chopped, twice a week.
- Often make use of fresh, raw garlic. Cooking reduces its benefits.
What’s the best way to feed the flock with garlic?
- The benefit is in crushing cloves of garlic.
This is because when a clove of garlic is crushed, it releases an element called ‘allicin.’ Allicin is known to be a potent antioxidant that strengthens the immune system. It is therefore effective against various bacteria and viruses in chickens.
However, after 24 hours, the greatest benefits of crushed ones seem to be diminished. So if you add food or drinking water, be sure to refresh for at least 48 hours.
- Crush with either a pestle and mortar or a presser.
- Raw ones are a better option than cooked
Do not cook any garlic that you want to feed to your flock. Evidence is that the best thing is raw ones and heating lowers allicin rates.
If your chicks have been raised with the taste of garlic, try to cut two cloves into small pieces at a time and feed them in a bowl separate from your normal flock feed. Delete after 24 hours and repeat twice a week.
However, unless chickens are raised to taste, they will not peck a whole, raw clove-or even chopped, if fed separately. In that case, chop into small pieces and sprinkle with the milk.
- Add to your flock any recipe dishes you make,
Of course, if you are worried about the safety of your chickens, you should always contact the avian veterinarian (where possible). Garlic is not a replacement for veterinary care.
Is there any benefit of garlic in oil?
Garlic in water tends to lose its productivity quickly. It’s kept in oil for longer. So you’re going to see some tips about drizzling garlic-infused oil on your flock’s feed.
There is, however, evidence of an increased risk of botulisms produced by garlic soaked in any oil unless either the cloves are cooked or the garlic-infused oil is refrigerated or frozen
Do you want to keep some powdered garlic on hand? Dry by cutting thinly and baking at a very low heat for about 2 hours. Store it in a glass jar, and when you’re ready to use it, just grind it with a pestle and a mortar.
Use the dehydrator as an alternative. It’s going to stay in a sealed jar for about six months.
Or buy a stock of garlic granules-avoid the fried variety and go to organic, non-GMO. This is used at times when one doesn’t have any fresh garlic, or when they don’t have time to crush or pulverize it.
How to make some garlic oil.
- Soak two or three cloves in one liter of oil for about six hours and use on the same day or refrigerate for up to one week.
- After a week, the oil must either be frozen or discarded.
- If you are at all concerned about the potential dangers of botulism, leave the oil alone, and just feed it fresh.
Does the garlic powder work as well as the fresh ones?
This is a lively debate in chicken (and human wellness) forums. You’ll find some advice that says you’re always giving fresh, unprocessed garlic.
However, claims that heat treatment decreases the efficacy of it appear questionable if empirical evidence is to be believed.
Once the bag has been opened, store it in an airtight container. Sprinkle twice a week on the feed or add 1% of the feed weight to the bath.
The effects of garlic on chickens.
It’s commonly thought that adding garlic to your chicken diet would make the eggs taste and smell like it. There is no question that if you add a lot of it to your diet, the eggs would taste different.
Most people generally enjoyed the taste of eggs from hens fed with garlic. Eggs have been found to taste milder, possibly because the sugar content of garlic is known to decrease.
Also, there is strong evidence from scientific studies that, with only 1.0 percent of garlic added to chicken feed:
The amount of cholesterol in egg yolks also decreases which Improves the quality of white eggs
Where to buy Chickens in Akwa Ibom State
Since chicken is the only meat that has no negative health conditions, you can always use it to prepare any local and continental dishes of your choice. In Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria, you can buy chickens from sofreshchikens.
Uyo, The Akwa Ibom State capital:
Number 215 Udo Umana Street opposite Akpan Andem Market, Uyo
Oron, Akwa Ibom State:
Number 27 Market Square by Aba Street, Oron, Akwa Ibom State
Eket, Akwa Ibom State:
3 park road, opposite Chinese market, Eket.