Help! How to give pills

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by caymusjordan, Oct 11, 2019.

  1. caymusjordan

    caymusjordan Chirping

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    We need to give Chips three pills every 12 hours. Last night I cut the larger ones in half and stuffed them into peas...I thought it went OK. This morning, Chips spit out at least 3 of the 4 1/2's of antibiotic, I assume I got the other in her since I didn't see it come out.

    Does anyone know a better way to give pills to ducks? She is not the best about being held, I don't want to stress her too much either.
     
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  2. AltonaAcres

    AltonaAcres Songster

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    I'm not sure about ducks, but with chickens, I just break up the pill (they are actually more like tablets) and mix the pieces into a handful of scratch. The pieces of tablet look a lot like pieces of corn so my chickens eat it easily.
     
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  3. DuckyDonna

    DuckyDonna Free Ranging

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  4. slordaz

    slordaz hatchaholic

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    you can always crush the pill your going to give her and then dip it in like a chunk of watermelon but you'd have to get her by herself or the others would want to take it , I usually ask for liquid version if possible for my chickens
     
  5. casportpony

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  6. Wolfefarmyard

    Wolfefarmyard Crowing

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    I would dissolve the antibiotics into water and then syringe feed it to them.

    I’ve done this once before and it worked.

    If it’s a tablet, crush it up and then mix it with a bit of water or if it’s a capsule, empty it into some water and then syringe it into his mouth.

    Good luck!
     
  7. katiebrock

    katiebrock Songster

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    Good luck. I have not had to do this yet. I wonder if giving pills to ducks or children is harder!
     
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  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Ephesians 6:13

    When I had to give my Runner her antibiotic pills I had to learn real
    Fast how. Actually once you get the hang of it it’s pretty easy. I wrapped her in a towel and sat down an held her between my knees so I could have both hands to open her bill once I got the bill open I slipped it down on the left side facing her actually her right side.
     
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