Is There An Easier (and less comical) Way To Syringe Valbazen To My Chickens?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by rlhagan56, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. rlhagan56

    rlhagan56 Songster

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    What an adventure lol. My girls were good so I just put an arm around them while they were on the cleaned poop board which was a convenient height. But I couldn't do that and keep their little heads still while syringing. So I enlisted my hubby's help, he held and I did the rest. But when we started I stupidly realized,"Hey, how do ya open their little beaks?" My hubby shrugged which was no help, so I tried fingers on the upper and lower beaks, which worked but there wasn't another arm available to syringe the wormer in, so we just stared at the syringe for a minute trying to figure out a better strategy. So if I gently but firmly put pressure with thumb and forefinger on the back of their beak they would open and I carefully put the wormer on their little tongue, then they would smack and taste. It all worked out even tho I panicked when I thought some had gone down a little nostril a time or two, and madly wiped and swabbed with a rag. We laughed so hard at our misadventures, and the girls little sounds, which were just like a little kid who doesn't want their medicine, that it took almost two hours to worm 5 layers and 5 banties. And this was at dusk so they were all good and none tried to escape, we were just so clumsy, and those girls of mine are real characters anyway.

    I read on here to pull down on the wattles, which was something I thought about trying, but question is, is that with the other person holding? Would sure love a pictoiral or video to show before the next round.
     
  2. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    Maybe this will help... http://www.peafowl.org/ARTICLES/24/
     
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  3. rlhagan56

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    Wow, thanks! That is very interesting, and good pictures! I finally found some threads on here about other misadventuresome worming episodes lol. Gave me some good ideas. I might try that bread idea. Thing is, they are so spoiled they refuse bread, fruit, cabbage, and lettuce. They act like those are the enemy. But I will work on it.

    I DID however figure out a good way to give them followup probiotics. I keep tubes of Probios around a lot, so I squirted some on a pan, mixed some mealworms into it and they gobbled it all up.
     
  4. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    I do the syringe method, by myself, on all of mine... 30 pound turkeys , wild peafowl, ducks, all sizes of chickens. With a little practice, you can even do it in the dark!
     

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