Oxytetracycline dose (tbsp / tsp)

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  1. LindaNL

    LindaNL Out Of The Brooder

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    I've got 6 baby chickens whitch are a bit sick; they are sneezing, have running noses and are gasping...

    Luckely I found on this forum that I should treat them with oxytetracycline (or something else like Tylan) if giving them supplemental vitamines and hard boiled eggs didn't work. So I went to get it ;)!

    Now, I see on this forum that a lot of people advise to give baby chickens 1,25 tablespoon per gallon, and 2,5 tablespoon per gallon to bigger chickens (advised on http://www.durvet.com/dl/Durvet-Poultry-Brochure.pdf). That didn't seem right to me, and I started to measure everyting.

    So these are my calculations (correct me if I'm wrong):
    - There is 181.5 gr in a package, equals to 310 ml (I measured this in a measuring cup).
    - You need to give 0,4 gr (=400 mg) per gallon to a baby chicken, equals to 0,683 ml per gallon.
    - 1/8 teaspoon equals to 0,675 ml

    Conclusion:
    - Baby chickens need 1/8 teaspoon of oxytetracyline mixed to 1 gallon of water.
    - Bigger chickens need 1/4 teaspoon of oxytratracyline mixed to 1 gallon of water.

    (sorry if I made a lot of spelling mistakes, I just moved from Holland to the USA ;))
     
  2. seminolewind

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    Hi, I'm going to flag a member who is very good with all medicine doses for chickens.
     
  3. casportpony

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    I would use either at the 800mg dose for all ages of birds.

    -Kathy
     
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    @LindaNL , Welcome to BYC!

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  5. LindaNL

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    Thanks Kathy!!
    I'll give my chicks the higher dose, of 800 mg :)!

    But the point I wanted to make is the picture you posted says the dose for 800 mg equals 2,5 tablespoon per gallon, but in reality (see my calculations) it's 1/4 teaspoon. That's a big differance, and I just wanted to share this to other ppl so they won't overdose their chicks ;)!
     
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  6. casportpony

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

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    How much do you think 1/4 teaspoon weighs?

    -Kathy
     
  7. LindaNL

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    Whoooops, I see that I wrote 800 ml, when I meant 800 mg (I changed it in my previous post)!

    I don't have a scale, but 1/4 teaspoon should be 800 mg. Because there is 310 ml in the package of 181.5 gr (see below).
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  8. casportpony

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    There are 10,000 mg of medication in the package, and the package weighs 181.5 grams, right?

    -Kathy
     
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    @LindaNL , don't let me scare you away. Not trying to argue, just trying to figure this out myself and my brain works a little differently, lol.

    -Kathy
     
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  10. LindaNL

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    Haha, no Kathy! It's good to think about this together!!

    So I see you calculate with the number of 10 g (that's the exact amount of oxytetracycline in the package).. And I calculate with the total amount of antibiotics in the package (181.5 g)...
    I can see eighter way can be correct, they don't mention it in the instructions (if you should calculate with the whole spectrum of antibiotics or just oxytetracycline).. It just seemed logical to me to calculate with the whole amount of the package...

    Now I got confused ;)

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