400 mg = 0.014109 oz HUH? COOKS HELP NEEDED!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by joebryant, Sep 18, 2010.

  1. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    I have to give my chickens 200-400 mg of tetracycline hydrochloride per day in a gallon of water for seven days as a preventative just in case they might have caught the respiratory disease from my rooster that spent a week at the vet's.
    I know that 400 mg = 0.014109 oz . = 0.084654 teaspoon
    How on Earth do you measure out 0.084654 of a teaspoon?
     
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2010
  2. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's a weight measurment that really doesn't convert accurately to teaspoons or any other volume measurement. I have no idea why they do it that way [​IMG]. I think your best bet is to just weigh it out either at home if you have a kitchen scale or throw yourself on the mercy of a local pharmisist and see if they'll seperate the powder out into the 400mg doses that you need.
     
  3. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:Great idea. Off to a pharmacy I go!
     
  4. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did you find a pharmacy that would help you? If not you may want to try a compounding pharmacy if you have one in your area. The one we have doesn't fill perscriptions, but they do customize them---when my son was about a year old he had to be on an antibiotic but hated the taste, now I'm a "mean"mom and have no problem holding a kid down if that is what it takes but too much medicine was being lost that way and I couldn't tell how much he actually swallowed. I took the bottle of antibiotic to the compounding pharmacy and they made it chocolate flavored--end of problem. Anyhow I was just thinking that if a regular pharmacy wouldn't help you that a compounding one might be more understanding.
     
  5. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:Thanks! Compounding pharmacy... never heard of such an animal. I'll call around just to see if there's such a thing in this area.
    "Curiouser and curiouser."
     
  6. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    My pharmacist used a special scale and measured out 400 mg. It's about 1/20+/- of a teaspoon. Since I have 12 bbs Orpingtons drinking the water, I put 1/10+/- of a teaspoon in two gallons of water. I have to change the water every day though because the tetracycline powder/water solution only lasts for one day.
     
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2010
  7. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can also use a 1mL syringe. 1 teaspoon = ~ 5 mL. 1mL = ~ .20 teaspoons.

    Or you can cut out a step -

    29.6mL per ounce

    Glad your pharmacist was able to help you!

    ETA- I guess powder measurements don't work very well in mLs! [​IMG] sorry...
     
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  8. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    [​IMG] 'Round these parts..... it's 1 glurg! [​IMG]
     
  9. jodief100

    jodief100 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is a good idea to get yourself a nice digital scale. They can be had for around $40.
     
  10. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:I ain'ta plannin' t' be doing this that often. It was really a pain in the neck for my pharmacist to get it to 400mg on her scale.
    I'm going with the "about" method; it makes the world go around a lot faster.
     

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