My pet rooster Penguin has been "sneezing" and puffing out his chest breathing really hard, I took a video of this and showed it to my local feed store and the guy said it's something upper respiratory and I believe him because that is what is seems to be. He gave me an antibiotic called Oxytetracycline. I looked up the drug on this site: https://sites.google.com/a/poultrypedia.com/poultrypedia/medicine-chart And found that it treated a lot of illnesses in chickens. Just 4 or so days ago my dad thought Penguin was going to die. He was sneezing and breathing really really hard (harder than he is now) and because it's cold cold cold here (we had him and his hen Dusty in the garage in a cage under a heat lamp with shavings) my dad covered up most of the cage to try and trap the heat in the cage. I'm looking after them and I love Penguin he is my baby and I don't know what I'll do if he passes on. I started the Oxytetracycline Sunday night and I gave them about a teaspoon in their water (for both of them). Their water jug looks like this: http://bathtubchickens.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/chicken-waterer.jpg I don't know how much it holds, sorry ha, but I added a picture of what it looks like so maybe you can figure it out. Penguin and Dusty are mini bantams, is what I like to call them. They are the size of this hen in this picture: http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/Games/AmerGameBantams/NicholsonWhiteH.JPEG So I'm not sure about how much I should put in their water. I upped the dose a bit tonight because it's going to get super cold and I read on the first linked site that if you put it in the water it's poorly absorbed and or takes longer to "activate". My dad says he is a lot more active and happy acting than he was just days ago. He still puffs out his chest and most of the time he breathes out of his mouth. I put him in my jacket and wrapped him close to my body and he fell asleep and seemed fine as he sleep so I know that he can sleep without a ton of issues like most animals and people do when they are sick. I read that if you don't want to inject it by needle the thing better to do than to put it in the water is to mix it with their food. If this is true I'd like to try that, and if possible I'd like to know how much I should give them in their food and if I could still put it in their water. This antibiotic seems very strong and I'm relaxing more now because it's strong and for the fact he is being more himself, but he is still sneezing and puffing his chest to breath every now and then and breathing with his mouth open. He almost sounds like people do when you get drainage. When you have drainage and you cough it's 'wet' sounding and nasty. His sounds somewhat like that but not to an extreme like all the mucus is going to clog his airway. So the final questions I have are: 1. Is Oxytetracycline good for what I'm dealing with? 2. What should I dose them in their water? (both of them) 3. Can I dose them more effectively if I put it in their food? 4. If I can put it in their food what dose should I give? 5. If I put it in their food can I still dose them in the water too? 6. What is his survival rate?