OXINE question:How to use it on birds & it's only good for 7 days??!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by 19hhbelgian, Nov 19, 2009.

  1. 19hhbelgian

    19hhbelgian Pigs DO Fly!!

    Apr 9, 2009
    New Tripoli PA
    I got some oxine because I read on here that it is really good disinfectant, and that if you have a sick bird, you can use it on them. I got the bottle, and it says it's only stable for 7 days once you put the crystals in the solution. [​IMG] Also, how do you use it on your poultry?? It seems like pretty dangerous stuff from all the warnings on the bottle. HELP!!!!!! I'm hoping I didn't just waste almost $40 [​IMG]
  2. HennyPennies2007

    HennyPennies2007 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 26, 2008
    I don't think you are supposed to add the crystals...I don't. There are some posts on here about it. I think the crystals are dangerous around chickens....
  3. HennyPennies2007

    HennyPennies2007 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 26, 2008
    Here is the post I was looking for....

    This is just some reference for those wanting to use Oxine from a guy with some experience. This is not my own info. but info. he relayed to me.

    I first introduced Oxine as a medicinal treatment for upper respiratory fungal infections, as outlined in the first article I ever
    wrote for the xxxxxxxxx. Oxine was certainly not anything new at that time, but it was new information to most of the fancy.
    It had already been used for decades in both the chlorination of municipal drinking water supplies, and was widely used
    throughout the commercial poultry industry. But few fanciers knew anything about it. I happened to have a duck at the time
    that was suffering so severely from a respiratory infection that I spoke to a Poultry Research Veterinarian friend of mine about
    possible treatment experiments, since illnesses such as Aspergillosis were thought of as fatal if severe. He told me about
    Oxine AH and how successful it had been when used as a nebulizing agent both in poultry and in the equine field. (Nebulizing
    meant the bird had to breathe the product into its airways.)
    I had nothing to lose since the duck could barely breathe, so I tried it. I used a Tri-Jet fogger and a solution of 6-1/2 ounces
    of Oxine to a gallon of water as prescribed, and I ‘fogged’ the bird’s face and cage three times daily for ten days. She was
    Since then, I have learned quite a bit about this product. Since Oxine is technically a disinfectant and I have over 26 years
    in the specialty chemical industry, I understood the mechanics of how the product worked from the start. I also understand
    EPA registrations, USDA, and FDA, so I had access to all of the many applications of the one parent product under various
    label uses.
    Oxine is known to kill every bacteria, virus, and mold it has ever been tested against and is 200 times more effective than
    chlorine bleach. But one of the most impressive things about Oxine for me is that it does it with such relative safety (when
    used according to label instructions). Environmentally speaking, Oxine actually biodegrades to ordinary table salt. And it is so
    safe to use on livestock that it is actually approved for use in the drinking water of ‘organically grown’ animals. I use it myself at
    the rate of 7-15 drops per gallon of water in our stock tank of drinking water for our own sheep. It keeps the water impressively
    clear and algae free, while keeping down the biofilm ‘slime’ that tends to develop on the sides of the tank.
    Oxine is used in many commercial operations in the automated drinking lines for poultry. It keeps the bacteria level down in
    the water lines, prevents biofilm from developing, and keeps the birds healthier by keeping down the pathogen level that could
    potentially travel form one bird to another. The side benefit for commercial growers is that Oxine makes the drinking water
    more palatable to the birds and therefore they drink more. This is especially important in layers, but can have a benefit in any
    operation since it also improves feed conversion.
    Technically, Oxine Concentrate is a 2% chlorine dioxide gas suspended in an aqueous solution. It is diluted with water to
    varying degrees depending on how you would like to use it. Since it is a disinfectant and not a drug, it must make direct
    contact with the pathogen in order to kill it. In the diluted inactivated state, Oxine is perfectly safe to use around both your birds
    and yourself. Oxine can also be ‘activated’ using citric acid crystals, which ‘release’ more of the available chlorine in the
    solution, but I highly discourage this method of use within the fancy. If you were to activate the product, it is recommended that
    you wear a NIOSH approved respirator and you would not be able to fog the solution into any area where the birds are
    present. Without activation, I am very comfortable with using the product without a respirator or mask, although you should
    follow whatever precautions you are most comfortable with.
    Here’s how I use Oxine in my operation (this is simply an example program – you should adapt this to your particular
    situation since every coop and hatchery is different). I raise both chickens and waterfowl (ducks). I use 1/8 tsp/gallon of water
    for my ducks’ bath water to keep the bacteria level down and to help prevent bacterial enteritis, since E-Gads, we all know
    what ducks do in their water besides drink from it. They get a separate small dish (that they won’t fit into) at night before bed
    with drinking water that I can fortify with vitamins, minerals, and probiotics if I choose – but not with Oxine in it which could kill
    the beneficial bacteria in the probiotic supplement.
    I use 1/8 tsp/gallon of water in my chickens’ drinking water every other day to keep down the biofilm (slime) that forms on
    the inside of the waterers. It also keeps the bacteria level down for when that amazingly accurate missile of a dropping
    somehow makes it into the drinking water trough every day. (On the opposite days I like to include a combination vitamin,
    mineral, and probiotic supplement in their water instead.)
    Since I run a biosecurity program in my showbird coop, I use Oxine to fog the entire inside of the coop (including the birds
    themselves) once a week. It keeps the dust down and knocks all of the viruses, bacteria, and mold spores out of the air. It also
    keeps the air fresh smelling in there. Oxine also has a residual disinfecting quality so I try to moisten surfaces such as roosts
    with the fog as I go. I see no need to remove feed or drinkers form the coop when I fog so the procedure is quite simple.
    Other possible uses for the product are an egg dip prior to incubation (always using water warmer than the egg and at the
    rate of 4 oz/gallon of water). In this case, you would simply dip the egg in the solution and lay it on a clean paper towel to air
    dry – do not rub since that would breach the egg’s cuticle, something which is important to hatching success. You can also use
    it at the rate of 7 drops/gallon of water in your water reservoir in your incubator, and/or in a humidifier that may be running in a
    room where you store eggs prior to incubation.
    Oxine has so many approvals for use in the (human) food industry that they’re too numerous to mention here, but it’s worth
    noting since it reinforces Oxine’s overall relative safety.
    You may purchase Oxine through several of the poultry supply houses. A few that I know of are Seven Oaks Game Farm,
    Smith Poultry, First State Veterinary Supply, Cutler Pheasant Supply, and Aire Solutions, LC. All of the suppliers listed above
    advertise in the xxxxxxxxx. There may be more and I apologize if I have left them out. If you are a supplier of Oxine and
    were not mentioned here, then I suggest you advertise that you are in the next issue of the xxxxxxxxx so it becomes
    known. Also, if you let me know who you are, I would be glad to include you in an amended copy of this article prior to putting
    it up on my website next month.
    If you need a fogger and cannot afford the more expensive ones, there is an alternative. It is the Preval Paint Sprayer from
    www.dickblick.com. It’s a small hand held device that is commonly used when vaccinating poultry against viruses that the birds
    need to breathe in to become inoculated. The Preval sprayer requires ‘power units’ to work and they can be purchased from
    Dick Blick as well. Also, Fogmaster makes a ‘Fogmaster Jr.’, which you can view and purchase at www.fogmaster.com. The
    suppliers of Oxine may also provide fogger options and perhaps some kind of package deal, so I would check that option out
    as well
  4. HennyPennies2007

    HennyPennies2007 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 26, 2008
    No you didn't waster your money...just don't use the crystals...I use Oxine all the time in the coop.... without that activation it should be safe for your birds...
  5. 19hhbelgian

    19hhbelgian Pigs DO Fly!!

    Apr 9, 2009
    New Tripoli PA
    Thank You so much!! That's a relief! [​IMG]
  6. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

    Mar 16, 2009
    onchiota NY
    Quote:awesome article thank you-I ma now searching for this product-my duck is weezing real bad and in my tub at the moment-
  7. 19hhbelgian

    19hhbelgian Pigs DO Fly!!

    Apr 9, 2009
    New Tripoli PA
    I got mine at eggcartons.com - the best price I could find...

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