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Penicillin or crushed human antibiotics?

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I have a 9 month old Buff Orpington who was attacked by a fox or raccoon. She has a large wound on her neck and I am worried about infection. The entire layer of skin is gone and her internal tissue is exposed but she is moving around just fine. It honestly doesn't seem to be bothering her. She is eating and drinking just fine. I put electrolytes in her water and I sprayed the wound with Blue Kote spray but i'm worried that it isn't enough. I have access to human antibiotics but i'm not sure what kind I need? I am totally comfortable with giving injections but I am unfamiliar with injection sites of birds. So long story short.. what kind of antibiotics? How much? and if i'm injecting.. where?

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Leave her be unless she becomes lethargic, chickens can heal up really well from wounds, I wouldn't do anything except what you have done. Be careful she doesn't get pecked by any other chickens.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Vetericyn veterinary wound spray, although expensive,  is a good thing to treat wounds with, and they will usually heal fairly well. Neosporin ointment can be used instead. BluKote works well to disguise the wound so other son't peck at it, but I would keep her separated for a few days. Make sure that she is eating well, and she may be tempted with chopped egg, tuna, or some wet chicken feed.

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Vetericyn veterinary wound spray, although expensive,  is a good thing to treat wounds with, and they will usually heal fairly well. Neosporin ointment can be used instead. BluKote works well to disguise the wound so other son't peck at it, but I would keep her separated for a few days. Make sure that she is eating well, and she may be tempted with chopped egg, tuna, or some wet chicken feed.


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I have a 9 month old Buff Orpington who was attacked by a fox or raccoon. She has a large wound on her neck and I am worried about infection. The entire layer of skin is gone and her internal tissue is exposed but she is moving around just fine. It honestly doesn't seem to be bothering her. She is eating and drinking just fine. I put electrolytes in her water and I sprayed the wound with Blue Kote spray but i'm worried that it isn't enough. I have access to human antibiotics but i'm not sure what kind I need? I am totally comfortable with giving injections but I am unfamiliar with injection sites of birds. So long story short.. what kind of antibiotics? How much? and if i'm injecting.. where?

Welcome to BYC! Did you clean he wound really well before applying Blue Kote?

-Kathy
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I'm looking for options to treat a possible internal joint infection. she is not at the lethargic stage i just want to be prepared if I need to go there. What antibiotics would i used how much? Where would i get them? I have never delt with a sick chicken so I have nothing on hand to treat an infection other than external first aid type stuff... but this seems to be internal no outside wounds...HELP! just want to be prepared!

post #7 of 7

Mycoplasma synovitis is an infection of joints that is treated with Tylan and tetracycline drugs. Staphylococcal infections are treated with other antibiotics such as penicillin, erythromycin, amoxicillin. I'm sure that your vet could be of help diagnosing the problem, and helping you find the correct antibiotic if one is needed.

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