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Injection failure

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Mavrik, Aug 27, 2011.

  1. Mavrik

    Mavrik Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was trying to give one of my hens some PenG and looks like my first attempt at an injection was a failure. Once I got the needle in, the plunger would not go forward and when it did, the needle separated from the syringe. I tried moving it in and out a little. What am I doing wrong? Why would the plunger not go forward?
     
  2. sixshooter60

    sixshooter60 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Chances are the needle tip was against bone..use a very short needle and go in the left side of the breast only about a quarter of an inch..
     
  3. dinahmoe

    dinahmoe Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    penG is very think.unless it was an 18g needle,the needle was probably too small.even with that size needle you have to go very slow.there are other ABs you can give chickens that are easier and safer.there is just not enough muscle to inject into.JMO
     
  4. Mavrik

    Mavrik Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The needle is 5/8" long and I moved it out some and the plunger still wouldn't move.

    I tried again on another chicken, this time at an angle and about 1/4" in and still the plunger wouldn't move, with more pressure, all of a sudden it released and went in fast, I was trying to inject it slowly. The room temp med flows easily when I adjusted the dose amount just before the injection (just after weighting the bird).

    I'm treating staph infections, PenG does well on staph.
     
  5. dinahmoe

    dinahmoe Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    make sure the needle is on tight and it is a 18g needle -length shouldn't matter if you are careful.if it went in fast,sounds like you are not in the muscle but under the skin.

    sometimes the plunger will stick-pull it back and forth abit before filling it .
     
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2011
  6. mothrhen

    mothrhen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like the liquid is too thick. Use the 18 guage needle as previously suggested.
     

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