Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by dadsgirl, Mar 3, 2009.

  1. dadsgirl

    dadsgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2008
    jay, florida
    i was told that i need to give my new hatches terramycin, is this true, and if it is how much should be given per chick
  2. texaschickmama

    texaschickmama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2007
    Poolville, TX
    I do give mine some in their little waterers. I do this as a precautionary measure. There are some people that do not believe in this. I do. You have to watch the chicks closely for pasty bum. I only put enough in the waterer to turn to a pale yellow, very pale.
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    IMO, healthy chicks do not need antibiotics of any sort. Using antibiotics in the absence of a bona fide illness can render them ineffective in the event you do need them in the future.
  4. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    I agree, 110%, with Gritsar.
  5. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Quote:I agree with gritsar. In all my years of having chickens I've never put anything in the chicks water. I've never even used antibiotics for my adult chickens.
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    No, you should not use it as a preventative. Over use of antibiotics is a wonderful way to create resistant bacteria on both them and ourselves. Over half the deaths in hospitals are due to infections that cannot be killed because they are resistant to antibiotics.

    Please don't use them unless you know you have infection or have a high risk injury. They aren't a miracle drug. Furthermore, you WANT a healthy bacteria load to coat the birds in and out, to out compete the bad ones which can make them sick. Kill them all and you open the doors for virulent strains, which are often "weaker" in their ability to replicate vs wild type strains, to take hold and become a problem.

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