Anyone know how to judge amoxicillin dose for a five pound Brahma hen?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by azygous, Aug 21, 2010.

  1. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging 8 Years

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    I could use some help with Betty my sick Brahma. Last weekend, I was able to pull her back from the brink with some amoxicillin I had on hand for my cat. No doubt in my mind she would have died without it.

    I cut a 62.5 mg tab in half and have been giving her 31 mg twice a day for exactly one week. Betty has had diarrhea, jello green, very watery to begin with, then after responding to the antibiotic, brown and watery, with some solids in the stool. Her uric acid stool is almost normal.

    There's no question she's responding and improving with the amoxicillin, but should I increase the dosage since her stool is still watery?

    Her appetite hasn't returned fully yet, though she does eat hard boiled egg, yogurt, tomatoes, squash, BOSS, but not so keen on flock or layer feed.

    The rest of the flock is fine. Whatever it is, it's a unique infection to just this single hen.

    Any ideas or help would be appreciated. (I got nowhere with the "Search" of old posts)
  2. Sweetpeaswan

    Sweetpeaswan Chirping

    Aug 5, 2010
    Sorry, the only thing i could find was treatment with "short acting Penicillin (pro pen G)" that would be 0.20 cc(ml) for a standard
    size chicken, the range of safety is noted at up to 1/2 cc. You might find some at your local feed store. hope it helps a little.
  3. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger 10 Years

    Well, my Amoxicialian capsels are 250mg, and it says give 1 a day for average chickens.
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  4. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging 8 Years

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Wow! That's sure a lot more than I've been giving her. But then the pills were for a mammal. I wonder if fowl take a higher dosage for the stuff to work. I had a feeling she wasn't getting as much as she needs to cure her of whatever is infecting her. I appreciate your reply. It has provided me with a starting point.

    My problem is I live in the middle of no where, and the tiny towns on either side of me do have feed stores, but they carry no real medications. And the vets here all deal with cows and horses, and we chicken types are simply on our own.
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  5. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger 10 Years

    if you have a pet store near by that sells stuff for fish, a lot of these medications can be bought for fish, when indeed they are the same meds. Fish- cillian is Penicillin - guess what, it is a 250 mg capsule. [​IMG]
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  6. Stevo

    Stevo Songster

    Apr 14, 2010
    Howell, NJ
    I used 3 capsules in a gallon of water. You need to be sure the experation date hasn't passed as antibiotics need to be fresh.
  7. mahboob

    mahboob Hatching

    Apr 20, 2012
    Five pound hen is equal to 2.27kg.we can give amoxicillin 30mg/kg body weight in 24 hour. Do not go beyond this dose.
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  8. karlamaria

    karlamaria Songster 7 Years

    Jan 30, 2011
    Western montana
    . Laymens terms please lol, I also have amoxicillin 250 mg but can not understand how much to give a bird ( sneezing badly ) I also have tylan, and duramycin-10 ugh what do I give my sneezing like mad bird?
  9. Akita

    Akita In the Brooder

    Mar 4, 2009
    Well, I took a 500 mg tab and disolved half of it in water gave it in a syringe. We'll see what happens.
  10. Coop de Grille

    Coop de Grille Songster

    Apr 24, 2010
    South Carolina
    Not entirely true. Antibiotics are good way past their expiration date. Of course, fresh is always preferred, but ones expired by a few years are just as effective.
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