giving oral antibiotics to a chicken...there has to be an easier way

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by elmo, Nov 21, 2009.

  1. elmo

    elmo Songster

    May 23, 2009
    I just tried giving our roo his prescribed oral antibiotic (Clavamox, liquid form, in a dropper). It turned out to be harder than I thought it was going to be, because I couldn't find a way to pry his little beak open (he's a bantam, quite small). My daughter thought the whole process was hilarious, but I have to do this twice a day for the next ten days, and I need to find a better way.

    I ended up dribbling the antibiotic onto his beak, and he swallowed it, mostly.

    But for tomorrow's treatment and thereafter, I'm thinking about putting the antibiotic in a bit of oatmeal, maybe? I do have some Kaytee Exact Hand Feeding formula that I got when I thought we might need to feed him with a syringe. I could try putting the antibiotic in that, too.

    Any other ideas?

  2. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    Measure our the medicine into a dropper or syringe (I refer using a syringe). Place it to the right of where you will be sitting.

    Get a towel. Wrap him in it, fairly tightly. His head should stick out barely. Sit down with the medicine to your right.

    Put him on your lap, facing away from you. Take your left hand and place it under his beak with your thumb on the left side of his beak and your fingers on the right.

    With your thumb and index fingers pry his beak open. Use them to keep him from closing his beak.

    With your right hand pick up the syringe or dropper and put it into his mouth as far down his throat as possible and release the medicine. Tell him he's a good boy and offer a treat and some gentle petting before putting him back in his cage.
  3. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    Also make sure not to allow liquid to get into the air hole just behind the tongue, or they can aspirate......I often attach a piece of soft tubing or small 2 inch piece of feeding tube onto the syringe to I can pass that hole to the throat.....
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2009
  4. elmo

    elmo Songster

    May 23, 2009
    Oh, thanks! I had my daughter holding him and I was facing him today, trying to get his beak open. Your method sounds much more effective. I appreciate the tips!
  5. duck walk

    duck walk Songster

    Jun 13, 2009
    white springs, fl
    medicating a chicken and bathing a cat qualify as rodeo events...

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