Dosage for Oxytetracycline???? **NEW VIDEOS OF SICK CHICKENS ADDED PLEASE HELP**

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by MESOFRUFFEH, Oct 15, 2015.

  1. MESOFRUFFEH

    MESOFRUFFEH Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for checking up on them!! They are not remarkably better, but also not any worse! So far, no one else has come down with it as bad as those first two. Maybe they just took it the worst for one reason or another [​IMG]. Going to get more syringes this afternoon so I can give everyone else with a runny nose a shot of antibiotics. The smaller chick is still doing well, a little stuffy but doing well. I gave them both a good amount of VetRx under the wings and on the nostrils and roof of the mouth last night. All my easter egger babies are doing great, they are going on 2 weeks old now and we only lost one, I was super worried about them. If we lose anyone else I will update the thread.... hopefully the worst has passed?????

    I see so many new threads in this forum every day listing the same symptoms as we are struggling with. Maybe that is normal for this forum, since I am new maybe I am just ignorant lol! I really wonder if anyone has had the money (that was my problem, I don't have the money right now and they need super fresh bodies!) and/or desire to send any of these birds off for testing to see what the heck it is that is making them sick. It sounds to me like there is something going around, and with the area that mine free range in, I'm starting to wonder if they didn't get it from a wild bird or something. I have seen a few canadian geese that have flown over the area recently, they usually spend the winter around here, my neighbors down the road have a group that stop every year and raise babies on their pond, I wonder if they could have transmitted some of this? Just speculation, as I am really struggling to understand where we could have gotten this, as everyone has been either new day old chicks, or in separate pens. Unless it was something highly contagious and I just tracked it around to everyone. It still worries me constantly and I think about it most of the day! it is driving me nuts!
     
  2. rIrs roost

    rIrs roost Sir Crows A lot Premium Member

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    You could be right about the geese. Don't feel ignorant. I'm new too and we all have to learn together. That's what makes this site great imo. People are willing to help and share their experiences. Good luck and let us know how things turn out.
     
  3. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Do you have $25? If so, buy some Baytril and try that. It's banned by the FDA for use in poultry, so read up on that. I use it and still eat my eggs and the occasional chicken or duck.

    -Kathy
     
  4. MESOFRUFFEH

    MESOFRUFFEH Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will definitely have $25 on thursday! I looked at TSC & Atwoods online and neither appeared to carry baytril. I will have to make some phone calls!
     
  5. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    You won't find it in feed stores. :(
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/959119/baytril-enrofloxacin-sources

    -Kathy
     
  6. MESOFRUFFEH

    MESOFRUFFEH Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree about what makes this site great. Also, unlike a LOT of message boards I have been on, if you ask a question that has already been asked before, you don't have a whole thread devoted to telling you that "this question has already been asked before [​IMG], we are deleting your post [​IMG], you need to search better before posting next time [​IMG]." That is a huge turn off for me, I refuse to visit forums like that. A lot of times people have questions those old posts don't answer, or just want support and to hear other people say "I've been there, here is what worked for me". I love the community and how helpful and friendly everyone is here, and no one ever scolds you for asking a question that has been asked before, and there seems to be no such thing as a stupid question here. Love this forum!
    So after looking at this, it appears as tho the first one you have listed, the one for drinking water, would be the way to go? The last one, the generic injectible, which woul dbe what i would prefer to use, you have not posted any links for purchase, and I'm kinda scared to google search for a place to buy it, some places seem really sketchy. Do you k now of any reliable places that sell the generic?

    Also, can you clarify for me something.... #1) I read that you should not eat their eggs while they have taken antibiotics, how long does this apply? for the life of the bird? 30 or so days? and also, #2) what exactly is the reason, what will happen if I accidentally ate an egg from one of my hens that have had antibiotics? Is it just more an issue of bacterial resistance or something bigger?

    We sell our eggs (not that we are getting any right now, and I certainly would not sell them while our birds are sick and currently being medicated) so I am a little concerned if I will be able to sell their eggs in the future. I have read a lot of things and it is hard to discern what is legitimate information sometimes. Would it be safe to scramble these eggs and feed them back to the ill birds that are being treated?

    Thanks for all the help!!
     
  7. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Baytril is bitter, so it will work better if you give it orally. The injectable is nice because it can be given by injection or orally. By injection is how I give it.

    Selling eggs... Sigh, that's a tuff call. I eat them, but not sure I would use Baytril if I was selling eggs. How about this... Maybe buy some Baytril and pick one bird to treat. If it gets better, then you can look for a non-banned drug that's more effective than the oxytetracyline you're using. Problem with the oxytetracyline is that many bacteria are resistant to it. If the one you treated with Baytril doesn't improve, there's a pretty good chance that you're dealing with a virus.

    -Kathy
     
  8. Krazy4Chicks

    Krazy4Chicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Out of curiosity, which of these Baytril (Enrofloxacin) choices would you recommend if you were to treat a small flock (6 Silkie chickens)? The generic injectible (orally)? They are just so small, it's hard to find much of a breast muscle.
     
  9. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    My first bottle was the oral from allbirdproducts, but everything since then has been injectable. Small chicks and ducklings get it orally, but everything else gets it in the breast, which is never a problem unless they've lost lots of weight.

    -Kathy
     
  10. Krazy4Chicks

    Krazy4Chicks Out Of The Brooder

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    For cost reasons, I was thinking about the Enfloxil 10% Injectible -- can you recommend a source? I googled it and the lowest price I could find it in the 100 ml is $39.

    Just think this would be a good medication to have on hand. But I do have Tylan 50 Injectible, so maybe it's not necessary??
     

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