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Antibiotics in water?

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

Just wondering, is it really necessary to add antibiotics to your chicks water?

post #2 of 7

No, only put antibiotics in the water if you are treating your chickens for specific illness IMO.  Sometimes at chicken shows you will see owners adding antibiotic to prevent illness because of increased stress and exposure, but that may also contribute to resistant strains of bacteria developing.  

CHICKENS:to name just a few cochin, orpington,  OEG  also have: mute swans, geese, and cats
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CHICKENS:to name just a few cochin, orpington,  OEG  also have: mute swans, geese, and cats
  SEE MY BYC PAGE  for photos 

  SEE MY  CHICKEN PAGE for even more photos

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post #3 of 7

My chicks were fine w/o antibiotics. Unless you see they are sluggish, unhealthy, unhappy, ill, after you check with an expert, it may assist to ad a small amount of antibiotic. I gave my chicks antibiotic, and I even used less than told so it wouldn't make the chicks unhappy.

i got lots o' hens: my special mutt, Hope,Cuckoo Marans hen, Barred Rock,White Leghorn,Buff Silkie, White Bantam Frizzle Cochin

some roos too!: Cuckoo Marans, White Leghorn, Buff Silkie, and my special mutt Snippy

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i got lots o' hens: my special mutt, Hope,Cuckoo Marans hen, Barred Rock,White Leghorn,Buff Silkie, White Bantam Frizzle Cochin

some roos too!: Cuckoo Marans, White Leghorn, Buff Silkie, and my special mutt Snippy

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post #4 of 7

I have always been told to do so as a preventative measure, so we put Duramycin in our chick's water. However, we have right around 100, and they are very messy. I had rather be safe than sorry.

post #5 of 7
I don't add antibiotics. if they get sick and I have something specific that needs treating, I'll treat. But why would I want to destroy whatever probiotics they manage to build up?

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The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right.....Judge Learned Hand  (The more sure your are that your way is the only right way, the more likely you are wrong.)

 

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Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought....Abraham Lincoln (Freedom carries responsibility)

The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right.....Judge Learned Hand  (The more sure your are that your way is the only right way, the more likely you are wrong.)

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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post #6 of 7

I suppose some feed stores recommend antibiotics for large flocks, but I don't think most back yard flocks get them or need them without some specific infection that needs treating.


Edited by scratch'n'peck - 4/1/12 at 2:08pm

CHICKENS:to name just a few cochin, orpington,  OEG  also have: mute swans, geese, and cats
  SEE MY BYC PAGE  for photos 

  SEE MY  CHICKEN PAGE for even more photos

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CHICKENS:to name just a few cochin, orpington,  OEG  also have: mute swans, geese, and cats
  SEE MY BYC PAGE  for photos 

  SEE MY  CHICKEN PAGE for even more photos

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post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 

Thanks to all of you.  I felt like I was just being sold something else when I got my chicks and figured if they are healthy then why would they need it.  I have 14 and everyone is doing great!!

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