can I give my chicken human amoxicillin?


In the Brooder
Jul 8, 2019
My buff Orpington is 7 months old, she became sick a few days ago. One of her eyes was swollen and had bubbles in it. But we have started treating her with Neosporin and saline twice a day. But now it seems like she is unable to breathe very well. She raises her head and takes a long breathe that sounds like she’s struggling. I had posted about this before and people said that I should try amoxicillin. I didn’t know if I could give her people amoxicillin. Or the children’s pink amoxicillin. I am new to chickens and have not had to deal with illness before.


Premium Feather Member
Apr 3, 2011
southern Ohio
Since it sounds like a respiratory disease, such as mycoplasma gallisepticum or MG. It is important to know that amoxicillin would not treat MG because MG does not have a cell wall. Tylan (tylan,) oxytetracycline, or doxycycline are the ones that treat MG. Coryza is best treated with sulfa antibiotics. Some respiratory diseases are viruses, and those do not respond to antibiotics. Here is a link about common diseases to read about treatments and symptoms:

Here is a good link about MG: Recognizing and Preventing Mycoplasma gallisepticum (MG) Infecti....pdf

You can get Tylan (tylosin) powder for the water from your vet and sometimes online.

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