How do you make a chicken drink???

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Nonny, Dec 1, 2011.

  1. Nonny

    Nonny Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    I need to worm the girls again and unless I take them (each!) to a vet and pay a consult fee I can't buy decent wormer so I'm stuck with something I have to add to their drinking water. (Kilverm - active ingredient is Levamisole).

    The girls went on a drinking strike today - I only put out 500ml of water (with the wormer in it) and they didn't drink more than a sip each. This was after I took their water away 2 hours before sundown yesterday to make sure they'd be thirsty. Then it blimmin rained so of course they're drinking out of muddy puddles and still ignoring the medicated water.

    Since I don't have the option to dose them individually is there another way to get them to drink it?

    Can I perhaps use the medicated water to make up some (uncooked) oatmeal? Or soak bread in it?
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2011
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Withhold their water and feed for 24 hours. Place the treated water out the next morning when you let them out of their coop....they'll be thirsty and drink the water. Once they've drank the water, feed them.

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