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Is Tetracycline Hydrochloride Soluble Powder safe to use on ducks?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by MeaghanBusch, Feb 28, 2012.

  1. MeaghanBusch

    MeaghanBusch New Egg

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    We ordered terramycin and got tetracycline hydrochloride soluble powder. Is the stuff we got safe to use on a Fawn and White Indian Runner duck?
     
  2. critters

    critters Chillin' With My Peeps

    I am not an expert by any means but I have used that on my chickens, ducks, peafowl and guineas.
    This is the same stuff that tractor supply uses on their newbies....

    I have Muscovy, Pekin and several mixed ducks. Haven't had any adverse side effects.

    Maybe someone with more knowledge on this will stop in and reply...
    Good luck!



    what are you treating them for?
     
  3. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I actually just bought some but only to have an antibiotic on hand "just in case". What are you treating them for?
     
  4. MeaghanBusch

    MeaghanBusch New Egg

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    I'm treating one duck for an open wound, to stop possible infections.
     
  5. NYREDS

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

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    Tetracycline is fine for ducks but be careful with the dosage. I'm assuming you're using a form of the medication that's added to their water. ducks consume much more water in proportion to their size than do chickens. Given at the rate designated for chickens they may consume an excessive amount of the medication. I'd be more inclined to use a topical antibiotic for an open wound, if I used anything.
     
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  6. MeaghanBusch

    MeaghanBusch New Egg

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    We were using a topical antibiotic but his bandage wouldn't stay on--it's at the base of his neck over his shoulder, it starts in the center between his shoulders then leads around his neck and down, kind of like a 180 degree around his neck. We used blue-cote to seal the wound from bacteria, but we needed the internal antibiotics to stop anything from the inside.
     
  7. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you make some type of a cover for him. Like take an infant/toddler t-shirt and cut it up the back, cut off sleeves, put on duck (wings go through where sleeves were) and attach the sides you cut with lacing, velcro, etc.
     
  8. MeaghanBusch

    MeaghanBusch New Egg

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    We've tried things like that but he ends up tiring himself out by chewing on it. We did something with vetwrap but it had to be so tight we thought he might loose some circulation. And he chewed that a lot as well.
     
  9. critters

    critters Chillin' With My Peeps

    try panty hose...cut the legs off, cut the toe out, double one over so the two cut ends meet and pull over 'its' head down his body.
    mark where the wings are...take off and cut at the marked wing line (stright line)...put back on and work wings threw.
    don't over cut wing openings as your duck will do this once he has it on.....

    I used this for a duck of mine with angle wing, keeping his bad wing placed up on his side-to-back where it should be and it worked..
    the good wing was (due to cut in hose) able to stay out of the hose and flap etc

    just a suggestion...maybe it can work for you too
     
  10. MeaghanBusch

    MeaghanBusch New Egg

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    Thank you for the suggestion. However, my duck's wound is already healing so well that we keep the bandage off him. It's been sprayed with Blue-Cote, I think I spelled that correctly, and looks pretty good.
     

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