There has been a lot of talk about antibiotics and healthcare involving out chickens. Recently, I have been reading about colloidal silver and the potential uses in chickens. Marketed as a remedy for a range of health problems for people and pets, colloidal silver is a solution of tiny silver particles suspended in a liquid base.
So this is where the term "born with a silver spoon in his mouth" came from?
Apparently the wealthy felt that feeding babies off silver spoons kept them healthy.
Liked all alternative medicines it is important to do your homework and then do what you feel is right for your flock. I have never used this treatment, but I have seen so many swear by it. I felt it was something I needed to research.
Google's search engine has indexed 1.3 million web pages referencing colloidal silver! I could never have the time to read it all. I learned an amazing amount of info and the history of use of silver. The Greeks, the Druids, Chinese Emperors....all believing in Silver!
So, I looked for Chicken related scientific studies.
This study revealed that ASAP colloidal silver solution has neutralizing effects on Newcastle
Disease Virus. The finding of this study confirms the conclusions made that the ASAP Colloidal Silver Solution is naturally antimicrobial (killing harmful bacteria, yeast, fungus, viruses). Its level of toxicity (being a highly diluted solution of silver) was zero when critically appraised using laboratory animals.
"Antibacterial and antiseptic effects of silver ion in preventing infection with coli forms, staphylococcus, and streptococcus have been proven in previous studies [26–29]. Silver nanoparticles can destroy many kinds of bacteria, viruses, and fungi, and it is recommended that it can be used in the treatment of certain viral diseases in animals like Influenza and Newcastle . However, extended and excessive exposure to the silver nanoparticles, like many other drugs, has side effects and pathologic effect on living tissues."
Then I looked for some testimonials and stumbled on this website with a lot of testimonials from people that have actually used the product. Now, these could be made up to sell a product. That I do not know. But if it is real, then this showed great promise!
I really can't find a lot of negative reading about the use of this product. There are varied doses listed in different places, so I guess that would be a judgement call. Do your own homework if you are planning to use this. I think it is probably a good product to have in our tool kit!