The Chicken Doctor

Dr. Leavesheal here: in-home, private care physician to family, dog, and miscellaneous chickens!

We have gentle giants in the chicken world. Critters fly over the 6-ft fence, even if their feathers are trimmed!

Littlest Hen got into the compost bin (probably a few days ago), and got a-hold of somethin’ bad– non-chicken food. So my chicken-whispering twiddle-be-buttons brought her in yesterday, and want me to raise the limp pile of feathers from the dead. Tears in babies’ eyes, and I ‘gotta try… so we break out the Carbo Vegetabilis (homeopathic medicine. I call this one “bringum back from the deadum”– good stuff if you need it).  To clarify, the bird was still alive, but just barely. Feet & comb had turned yellowish (normally has gray feet & a red comb), couldn’t stand up, or lift its head, may or may not have been unconscious. Swollen legs & feet. NOT a happy bird… and twiddle-be-buttons know, without a doubt, that Mamma can “fix it” LOL! OY!

So I give the limp pile of feathers a 200C of Carbo Vegetabilis, and in about 15 minutes, it’s awake and lifting its head. Another 15 minutes, and it’s trying to stand up. Eventually, it’s kinda wobbly, but standing there. Not pecking at any food or anything, but it’s upright. So it doesn’t get better from there: just kinda stagnates at that wobbly standing up stage. So I give it another dose of the Carbo Vegetabilis 200C, and it perks right up– pecking at food, eating well, scratching and preening. Healthy-looking critter 🙂 Babies are all-smiles, and the world is right, “…and peace returns to the castle.”

So we watch said barn animal in my living room for another hour or so, and I’m thinkin’ it’s time for healthy-looking chicken to return to other healthy chickens, and I have the twiddle-be-buttons take critter back out to the chicken yard. Sounds logical, right? I mean, the thing does its poop-pee combined chicken thing, and that’s got to be cleaned up as often as it happens in here, whereas out there, it’s just good stuff given back to the land… sounds like a happy ending to me…

Well… fast-forward another few hours, and the babies are out there checking on it, and in they come, teary-eyed again, and Littlest Hen has a bloody gash in its neck, some kind of grey liquid dripping from its beak, and its feet & comb have turned yellow again, with legs & feet swollen. Definitely unconscious this time, and not looking good, but, again, still alive, and, again, twiddle-be-buttons have full confidence in Dr. Mom. This time, Dr. Mom’s not feelin’ so very confident, but again, with babies’ tears right there watching, ‘gotta try!

So this time we do a few doses of Carbo Vegetabilis 200C , 15-20 minutes apart, and when it’s strong enough to lift its head and do the wobbly-standing-up thing, we give it a dose of Arnica 1M for the trauma / injuries. (different from the topical stuff– never do the topical stuff on an animal: it’s toxic if they lick it off) In between doses of Carbo Vegetabilis, we put some olive oil on the wounds. Long story short: we have a functional chicken, scratching, pecking, preening, who is enjoying lots of attention from smiling babies, and healthy chicken-treats… walking around my living room! LOL!  Life is good 🙂


For more info on homeopathic medicine, check out this free, online intro to homeopathy course:

Arnica and Carbo Vegetabilis are two of thousands of different remedies for different health pictures, which work equally well for animals and humans 😀

If you’re interested in homeopathic treatment for poultry, specifically, there’s a free e-book:

Oh and Standard Disclaimer:

I’m  no doc, and don’t pretend to be one. I am therefore not legally licensed to diagnose, cure, treat, prevent, or otherwise mitigate any disease, and neither is the stuff I generally choose for healing… but then, I’ve not been educated indoctrinated by boards with big pharma reps on them, either ;-)  so do your own research and find what works for you :-)

Happy learning!

  1. Lynn said:

    This is good information. So glad your chick is doing well. She’s a good looking bird.

  2. Thanks, Lynn– they’re a gorgeous breed, endangered now, since the flooding down South in one of the hatcheries last year. Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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