need help with vitamines & additives

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by timco, Jul 4, 2008.

  1. timco

    timco In the Brooder

    Mar 14, 2008
    Salt Lake City, UT
    My wife and I were browsing some links from this site and found MANY vitamines & preventitive additives for our gals. Can anyone suggest a basic list of meds / vitamines / suppliments for our flock? They have not been given anything since the antibiotic chick mash they grew up on.

    Thanks and HAPPY 4th of JULY!!

  2. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    We've never given our chickens any vitamins or additives other than the medicated feed when they were young, so I can't help you there.

    Bumping this up and maybe someone else can help.
  3. ChinaChicks1

    ChinaChicks1 Songster

    Jan 30, 2007
    NE Oklahoma
    are you requesting a list to keep on hand like a first aid kit type thing? You really don't want to give them "preventative meds" that will just run down their immune system. Vitamins/Electrolytes should only be given in times of stress or extreme heat. If you feel they need a little extra boost, there is a good source of just vitamins called AviaCharge..good stuff. Medicating chickens can get a bit complicated at times as you have to distinguish whether you have viral, bacterial or fungal issues.
  4. a2ms4chickens

    a2ms4chickens Songster

    Dec 16, 2007
    Tucson, AZ
    The only vitamins/electrolytes we give our chickens is made by Durvet. It is a powder that goes in their water.

    We give it to our show birds prior to a show, to help reduce stress. We also give it to the chickens who are sick and are on antibiotics. Since we live in Tucson, it gets hot, so I will give it to them for the heat, also.

    The dosage is 1/4 tsp/gal of water. You give it to them for 5 days, off for 5 days, on again for 5 days, then off for 3 weeks. I got this information from the manufacturer after I bought it, because there was only dosage for swine and cattle.

    As for meds to have on hand, I have a broad spectrum antibiotic, Terramycin powder, 1/2 tsp/gal of water. I also have an injectible Tylan 50, .25cc for bantams, .5 cc for standards, for respiratory infections.
    I also have VetRx on hand for stuffy nares. I also put on combs, wattles and legs, before a show. Showman/Breeders use it to help prevent illness in their birds, when exposed to several birds. They give a couple drops in the beak a couple of days before a show.

    Hope this helps!

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