Help w/math problem: need to give med dosage

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Chicken Nugget, Jul 15, 2008.

  1. Chicken Nugget

    Chicken Nugget In the Brooder

    Apr 23, 2008
    North Carolina
    Okay, so my cockerel seems to have some kind of respiratory problem (rattling when he breathes). So I got some Terramycin (oxytetracycline HCI) soluble powder.

    According to the instructions, I need to give a dosage of 400 milligrams in every gallon on water. But I don't have anything that measure milligrams, or even grams.

    I can measure teaspons, tablespoons, ounces, cups, milliliters... but no grams.

    Does anyone have any idea how to convert this? I googled it but couldn't come up with a way to convert milligrams to milliters or any other measurements I had.
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2008
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    Wow, I have been looking for the last 20 minutes at different conversion tables....I came up with nothing! Where are the brains when ya need them? LOL
    Might have to call the company...for help.
    Sorry I couldnt help ya.
  3. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    I had to call Phizer to find out. One level teaspoon is equal to 200mg.....
  4. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

    Jan 18, 2008
    Newman Lake, WA
    It's either one heaping tsp per gallon or a heaping tblsp.

    At least we have it narrowed down now......

    ETA online conversion site:
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2008
  5. peaceful

    peaceful Songster

    Jun 24, 2008
    BC Canada
    We had electrolyte powder that we measured out 5 grams to the best of our ability on a food scale. That came to a little pile (my memory estimates approximately 1 Tablespoon?). That is approximate because we were at the really low end of our scale and I don't know how accurate the scale was able to be.
    A milligram is one thousandth of a gram. 400 milligrams is .4 grams which would be just under a half a gram, thus around one twelf of what I was measuring above.
    However, it depends on the weight of the substance. I just tried to measure just under a half a gram or so (to get your .4 grams) of Herbamare salt which I had on the counter and it came to around half a teaspoon. Hopefully someone will have more accurate information for you, but meanwhile this can give you some idea of what it might be. .
  6. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

    May 24, 2008
    Southeast Arkansas
    figuring 10 gram in 6.4 oz, 400 mg would be about 1/4 ounce if you can weigh that accurately.

    Cjeanean says pfizer says 200mg equals 1 tsp., so you should use 2 teaspoons.

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