My Chicken Has Diarrhea – Natural Remedies


Diarrhea is among the most common diseases in chickens. You would see that your chicken has diarrhea when you observe watery, loose droppings of white, yellow, or greenish color. Your chicken’s climate and food can lead to diarrhea. However, some easy methods can get rid of diarrhea and help prevent diarrhea in the future.

Common natural remedies for chicken diarrhea include Potassium permanganate, Epsom salt and Chamomile.

Potassium Permanganate (Condy’s crystals) To Help Chicken Diarrhea

Potassium permanganate is an oxidising agent with disinfectant, deodorising and astringent properties. It is often referred to as its common name, Condy’s crystals. Potassium permanganate has been used effectively not only on animals but even people including:

Infected eczema and blistering skin conditions
Fungal infections such as athlete’s foot.
Cleansing wounds, especially abscesses or weeping ulcers

It is helpful to use potassium permanganate baths in cases of untreated eczema when blisters, pus and/or oozing are present. Two regular baths every two days soothe the raw sores that accompany eczema. A solution of potassium permanganate may be applied to a blistering wound, such as an ulcer or abscess, as a wet soak. Wrap cotton or gauze strips around the affected area for 20-30 minutes after soaking in the solution. In addition to its astringent effect, potassium permanganate helps heal wounds faster.

Anyway Back To Chickens

Condy’s crystals have been shown to reduce and help eliminate diarrhea in chickens. As with all treatments if you are unsure about doing these things yourself, please contact your veterinarian.

Do the Following

1 tablespoon of the chemical should be dissolved in 1 quart of warm water
One tablespoon of the diluted concentrated solution should be given to each chicken.
It may be necessary to use a stronger solution in cases of severe diarrhea, one that will turn your finger slightly brown when it is dipped into the liquid.
Metal containers should not be used to store potassium permanganate.

Epsom salt To Help Chicken Diarrhea

The chemical compound Epsom salt consists of sulphur, magnesium, and oxygen. Epsom salt got its name because it was first discovered in Epsom, England. There are many differences between the salt used in food and the salt used in salt. Small quantities of it are okay, but it cannot be eaten in place of table salt. Sulphate and magnesium ions are produced when Epsom salt dissolves into the water. When used in the bath or swallowed, these compounds are absorbed into the body either through the skin or via the digestive system.

How it Helps with Constipation and Diarrhea

For constipation and diarrhea, magnesium in Epsom salt is effective. Chickens will usually eat anything they can get their beaks on, so it’s not uncommon to see intestinal or crop problems. Epsom salt may provide relief to your hens if they are suffering from diarrhea or digestive problems.

Do the Following

The simplest way to get a dose of Epsom into your chicken is by using a syringe.

One teaspoon of Epsom salt dissolved in an ounce of warm water should be syringed into the beak.
If you catch your chicken first thing in the morning, give them a dose either once or twice a day. If this doesn’t fix the problem after 2-3 days, you probably have to try something else.
Simply put one teaspoon per cup in their drinking water if you need to feed the whole flock.

Chamomile To Help Chicken Diarrhea

Chamomile tea is a popular beverage that also provides a wide range of health benefits. Chamomile is a herb that comes from the daisy-like flowers of the Asteraceae family of plants. It has been used as a natural treatment for many health problems for decades. Also, chamomile tea is filled with antioxidants that can help reduce the risk of a variety of diseases, including heart disease and cancer. Chamomile also has properties that can help with sleep and digestion. Chamomile is a great herb for chickens. It can be used to fight lice, mites and fleas alongside helping to stop diarrhea

Do the Following

You can plant it along the edge of your run, or just drop the clippings into the run to get your chickens to peck at it.

So Why Did My Chickens Get Diarrhea?

There are a variety of common causes of diarrhea in chickens. Others are very common and can fix themselves on their own, but others may be troublesome. Some of the main causes of diarrhea in your chickens can be from the following causes:

Heat Stress

Summer heat causes chickens to drink a lot more water; often up to four cups! You will probably see diarrhea in your chickens if this much liquid is combined with reduced appetite caused by the heat. Simple and straightforward treatment is available. Make sure that they have access to clean, cool, freshwater that contains vitamins and electrolytes. Ensure that your chickens are in a shady, cool area. You can reduce your chicken’s temperature by putting them in cold water, having a fan blow cool air, and providing them with ample shade.

Over Eating

Like people who have consumed too much food, chickens are also capable of consuming too much. With other eating Chickens tend to get diarrhea. Simple support care is necessary, and diarrhea should be stopped on its own after 24-36 hours. Please ensure that they have access to adequate fresh water, including vitamins and electrolytes.


Intestinal damage and diarrhea may result from parasitic worms accumulating in the large intestine. A fecal specimen can be given to your veterinarian, who should be able to conduct a basic test. Worms will need to be treated on all of them if they have them. Pick one of the worming drugs available on the market and follow the instructions carefully.

Kidney failure

Kidney disease in chickens has become more common – probably as they’re living much longer these days. Diets that are high in calcium and low in phosphorus, reduced water intake, or viral infection can cause it. You may also see fatigue and emaciation with a loss of muscle mass, diarrhea, and pale combs. For the best results, consult your veterinarian about limiting your chicken’s diet.  

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