How do I give meds with eyedropper?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by CathyM, Feb 5, 2011.

  1. CathyM

    CathyM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi -
    I'm trying to get my hens to drink the water-soluable Tylan, and to be sure, I wanted to give them at least some down their throats via an eye dropper, as I read some folks do here. But I can't hold a struggling hen, open her mouth and squirt liquid down -- is there some trick?? I have them penned with only the medicated water to drink, but wanted to be sure they are drinking.
    Thanks for any hints and suggestions!
     
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Gently pull the wattles down, the mouth will open. It helps if someone else is holding the hen.
     
  3. CathyM

    CathyM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, Dawg! I can see that would be easier with 4 hands! [​IMG] But that's helpful info! She certainly wasn't gonna let me pry it open...
     
  4. dewey

    dewey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh gosh, I'm never comfy using an eye dropper. We hatched and hand fed birds of all types for years and always inserted a feeding tube, taking care to be sure it was inserted correctly. Still makes me nervous because of human errors in the past, even with feeding tubes. [​IMG] Eye droppers make me break out in a sweat.
     
  5. CathyM

    CathyM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Glad to know I"m not the only nervous user... but I can't imagine inserting a feeding tube if it's just me and the hen... I wonder if I can put something delicious in the water to encourage extra drinking? Just so I'm sure they get enough of the antibiotic...
     
  6. Tony K T

    Tony K T Overrun With Chickens

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    I think the best way is to inject meds into mealworms and give it to them that way.No bird can resist a mealworm.It may take 4 or 5 mealworm to get enough meds in them.
    In N.H.,Tony.
     
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  7. CathyM

    CathyM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, good idea! I tried to marinate peas in the medicine water, and of course they ate them up... but hard to know how much medicine they got... they sound better this morning, so that's great.
     

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