Help! How much Sulmet do I give orally to one hen?

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  1. SQUEAKYandRAMBO

    SQUEAKYandRAMBO New Egg

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    My poor hen has had diarrhea for the past few days and has been sitting on the bottom of the coop not moving around. I gave her some Sulmet that was premixed from the feed store previously and that worked well. My issue now is that I bought a whole package of powder and did the calculations to reduce the dosage down for one chicken. I came up with 19 mL of solution per day, for the first dosage. Does this seem right? I saw something from 2008 that said .3mL for the first dosage. I seem to recall giving her about 3 mL of the stuff from the feed store last time she was sick, but I can't remember.
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    Welcome to BYC. How old is she? Is she laying eggs or had any trouble with laying? Does her crop feel empty or full, hard or puffy? What do her droppings look like? Sulmet, a sulfa antibiotic, has been used for treating coccidiosis and other infectious diseases, but many now use Corid due to it not being an antibiotic, and Corid treats more strains of cocci. Dosage of Sulmet is 2 tablespoonsful of powder to a gallon of water. It is not meant to give orally or concentrated, but diluted in water. Chickens can drink up to a 1/2 gallon of water a day, and drinking is very important in using sulfa drugs since they can be very hard on kidneys and hearing nerves in the ear. You could mix a small portion, say 1/2 TB per quart or liter, and mix more if she drinks it all in one day. I hope that helps.
     
  3. SQUEAKYandRAMBO

    SQUEAKYandRAMBO New Egg

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    Thank you, we only have 2 chickens. She's not really eating or drinking and our dogs can get to the water.

    She is about 3, not laying eggs, droppings are very watery with a little yellow stuff in them,

    Thank you
     
  4. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    @KsKingBee, did you say you have a pack of SMZ 454? If so, can you weigh one teaspoon?
     
  5. KsKingBee

    KsKingBee Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:Yes, I have a package of SMZ 454 I bought by mistake, it is Sulfadimethozine and does not work as well as Sulfadimethoxine for peafowl. The dosage is 2 grams per gallon and given for six days. Two grams equal one level teaspoon.
     
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    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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  7. KsKingBee

    KsKingBee Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:You are lucky I haven't tossed the 454 out yet, it weighed 3gm per teaspoon. The Sulfadimethoxine 107 is 2.3 gm per teaspoon.
     

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