Oxytetracycline

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by shbouton, Mar 22, 2015.

  1. shbouton

    shbouton Out Of The Brooder

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    Good morning,

    We purchased 5 (3day old) chicks from the Ace Hardware yesterday, purchased the medicated feed and they gave us a bag of oxytetracycline HCI to put in their water. I want to make sure I am not overmedicating and if so, how many teaspoons or partial teaspoons of the Oxytetracylcine HCI should I put in a quart of water? I am not very good at conversions since the packet they gave me has 10 grams in it and the instructions say 10 mg per pound of body weight daily. I am terrified of giving them too much. Also, should I be giving them anything else? Thanks so much in advance for the help! :)
     
  2. SunkenRoadFarms

    SunkenRoadFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You shouldn't give antibiotics unless you have a diagnosed bacterial infection. Stick with just the medicated feed. The medicated feed contains amprolium (may also contain Bacitracin, you'll have to check the bag). The amprolium is a thiamine blocker to help prevent coccidiosis. A clean brooder and fresh water and feed is the best way to keep them healthy.
     
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  3. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

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  4. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Chicken Obsessed

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    I'm curious. Was the water in the chick brooder clear? Or was it colored? I can't fathom the feed store "giving you an antibiotic" for your chicks, unless they knew there was a problem.
     
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  5. shbouton

    shbouton Out Of The Brooder

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    Actually, the water was clear! So that's a good sign right?
     
  6. shbouton

    shbouton Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you ssssoooo much. [​IMG] That was my gut feeling but that's all it was, a gut feeling!
     
  7. shbouton

    shbouton Out Of The Brooder

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    Maybe they were just pushing product but I'll double check by calling tomorrow. Thanks so much for all of your responses... [​IMG]
     
  8. Annie999

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    I'm giving Oxytetracycline in water to a sick hen. First time I've ever used Oxytetracycline. When I mix the powder in water (I use 1/4 tsp yellow powder per quart of water) the water looks very pale yellow at first, then gradually turns clear, which doesn't surprise me. But 2 time I've found the water has turned PINK! Don't know whethr this means my hen has a wound in her mouth or whether there's some kind of reaction (perhaps btn the Oxytht and sunlight?) that causes the pinkness. Any ideas? Thanks. --Annie
     
  9. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

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    You need to mix a fresh batch daily; it doesn't keep. Mary
     

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