Medicating a chicken - how to get it in her?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jahphotogal, Mar 9, 2013.

  1. jahphotogal

    jahphotogal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As mentioned elsewhere, my EE is recuprating after a hawk attack. The vet gave me some pain killer/anti-inflammatory, but I can't figure out how to get her to take it (it's in a little syringe.) Can I force open her beak, and if so, how do I make sure it goes down the right way and she doesn't aspirate it?
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Much safer to drop it, one drop at a time, on the side of her beak and let her pull it into her mouth. It's probably a Motrin type drug (an NSAID;) you can also use baby aspirin. Usually they will simply eat the pill if it's baby aspirin, or of course you can hide it in a scrap of bread. The dosage is in a sticky at the top of the Emergencies forum. It's 25 mg per pound; a baby aspirin is 80 mg, so just right for a 3 lb chicken, probably two of them for your EE if she's an adult.
     
  3. jahphotogal

    jahphotogal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She's only 3 pounds - itty bitty. She finished her medicine tonight - took the last dose we have. Still blind, but she laid an egg!
     

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