Can't get bantam to take vitamins :(

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickenbaguette, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. chickenbaguette

    chickenbaguette Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have some vitamins to give to my bantam. It's ground to a powder, but strongly orange flavoured. What do chickens really like that goes with orange? Or what will mask the smell and taste? I can't get her to take them, any tips? Thanks :L
     
  2. chickenbaguette

    chickenbaguette Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll get some new vitamins tomorrow. Still, any ideas?
     
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Why would the chicken need to take vitamins? Orange flavor = human vitamins? Chickens and humans have different vitamin needs, so if you must supplement for some reason, there are poultry vitamins. Really, a complete feed is all they need, vitamins are already added.
     
  4. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    I keep a bottle of Vita-zyme that I mix with water for my newborns. Other than that, nobody gets any unless they show signs of being sick.
     
  5. chickenbaguette

    chickenbaguette Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The chicken is sick. It gets human vitamins because they have the right things in. They are not normal human vitamins. Thank you for your helpful help.
     
  6. Kitty Cat

    Kitty Cat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could try tube feeding, or syringing it in. That's probably the only way it will take them. I have a thread on Tube Feeding, you can go check it out. Very easy and faster than syringing. Cheap too.
     
  7. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    Quote:You're asking for trouble here. Chickens have VERY different vitamin/mineral needs than humans do.

    What do you mean by "not normal human vitamins"?

    I'm very worried for your bird...
     
  8. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

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    I have been able to sneak by some medicine by smooshing bread around it. Only the cheaper bread really smooshes well.
     
  9. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:You're asking for trouble here. Chickens have VERY different vitamin/mineral needs than humans do.

    What do you mean by "not normal human vitamins"?

    I'm very worried for your bird...

    I agree with Wynette, this could cause harm to your bird.
     
  10. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Quote:You're asking for trouble here. Chickens have VERY different vitamin/mineral needs than humans do.

    What do you mean by "not normal human vitamins"?

    I'm very worried for your bird...

    I have to agree, they are not interchangeable no matter how not normal they are. Head for the feed store and get some vitamins specifically for poultry, they aren't very expensive, and since you can mix them in the water, MUCH easier to administer.

    If you'd like, post more details of your chicken's illness, there's a good chance we can diagnose it and tell you what will help.
     

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