Originally Posted by caralouise1974
Thanks for the advice threehorses. I already give pro-biotic powder every other day, so will increase that to every day whilst I'm giving the Baytril. I didn't realise it was so strong. (I have only used Tylan before, for mycoplasma.)
I usually mix the pro-biotic powder with a wet mash made from their laying pellets and some filtered fresh milk. (So it appears I was halfway there without even realising it - fab!)
The vet also suggested worming both girls at the same time, and Bella already takes daily prescribed calcium supplements (she has a history of soft shelled egg episodes) so I have a lot of potions and powders to remember during the next week! I think the schedule goes something like this:
8am - bread with 1ml Baytril, and half a cherry tomato smothered in calcium powder (the only way I can get Bella to take the calcium in one hit without dosing our other girl too - she doesn't like tomatoes!)
12pm - wet mash, to include worming meds and pro-biotic powder
8pm - bread with second dose of 1ml Baytril
Blimey - this chicken is getting better care than I would expect from the NHS!
Thanks for the tips re pro-biotics - and sorry to hijack the thread chicksdigit!
Interesting about the calcium supplement; would you mind telling me which one he chose for her, please?
You know, in The Old Days, using milk products was how bird got supplemented probiotics - through buttermilk etc, dried milk, because they didn't pasteurize back then. Now even our yogurt would be bacteria free - but it's reinnoculated with beneficial bacteria after the initial pastuerization.
And yes Baytril is a very strong drug, which is why so many vets use it. There's a flip side to the benefit, however... many avian vets won't culture to make sure that the offending bacteria isn't one of the few that Baytril doesn't effect.
I had a bird who had an infection and was given Baytril. I asked if the vet cultured -she said "no but we can if you want" while I was leaving. I took the bird back in, had a culture/sensitivity done, and the results showed that even Baytril wouldn't effect the bacteria the bird had - we had to switch antibiotics mid stream.
My bird was an exotic, so spending the extra on her was a given (tho apparently not even for the vet). But getting a chicken vet to do that... not likely. And honestly it's slightly more expensive than many will or can pay. Not terribly, but. However if there are multiple deaths you darn sure bet it's cost effective!
Yet I digress.... lol (as I often do....)