Injection failure

Mavrik

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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?
 

sixshooter60

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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..
 

dinahmoe

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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
 

Mavrik

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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.
 

dinahmoe

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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 .
 
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