Are medications for ducks the same as for chickens?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by missy5, Jan 8, 2011.

  1. missy5

    missy5 Songster

    Sep 18, 2010
    I am medicating my chickens for a cold that two out of five have. I was told to put the tetracyclin in the water for the chickens untill it turns yellow. My ducks are in the same coop but they are seperated. They don't have the same water or food. They are in close contact with each other and my concern is do I medicate the duck water too???? They are laying eggs and I am worried they will get the same cold the chickens have.
  2. 72elizabeth

    72elizabeth Songster

    Apr 22, 2009
    Northern FL
    I look up your question on Raising Ducks by Holderread. He says Medication poisoning occurs either because the drug used is toxic to ducks or it was given the wrong dosage. If there're duckling, and designated for chicks, they are consuming an overdose. Also, DoNot use Ren-O_Sal with ducks. Don't know if this helps you, but if there're not showing signs of being sick, and there laying, I would leave them alone. I would definitely do some reach and find a Avian Dr and ask. Also, the Agricultural Dept in your state might have an answer. Email Holderread and see if they can answer your question quickly or give them a call. Last time I emailed him, I got an answer 3 mos. later. Sorry I can't help you further. Good luck
  3. Suzie

    Suzie Crowing

    Jul 9, 2009
    I have used teytracyclin (from my Vet) for my chickens and it does state on the lable that it is NOT to be used on ducks...... perhaps other medication is safe but you should speak to your Vet about this before allowing your ducks any access to water treated with this.

    Good luck!


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