I was up late last night and I was reading a lot of topics on many threads. I specifically focused on this particular area (Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures) because I love the "medication" side of animal science and because it is always good to know and learn what other chicken owners are dealing with in the event something happens to my chickens, l will know what to to because of everyone else's experience. As I was reading, I noticed that there are different meds for specific reasons. My question is, what if you don't know what is wrong with your chicken and you want to give your chicken some type of antibiotic because you can't really pinpoint what the problem is with your chicken and your chicken could possibly have some type of bacteria infection that is setting in which in turn causing them to not act "normal". For example.................I was reading a thread and someone 's chicken was limping but the chicken showed no signs of bumblefoot or any cuts, scratches or other injuries but the owner could obviously see that something was with her chicken. In a case like that, is it in the best interest of the chicken to give the chicken some type of "antibiotic" in attempt to help the chicken in the event something is going on inside of the chicken and you can't pin point. Would giving an antibiotic to a chicken for a non specific illness do more harm? I know a lot of us give liquid vitamins, electrolytes, etc. but in this case, I'm wondering about a specific antibiotice to adminster. If there is a antibiotic to give to a chicken when you just don't know what is wrong, what would you all suggest? What is your thought on a situation like that?