Penicillin or crushed human antibiotics?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sarahelizabeth1, Jan 18, 2016.

  1. sarahelizabeth1

    sarahelizabeth1 New Egg

    Jan 18, 2016
    I have a 9 month old Buff Orpington who was attacked by a fox or raccoon. She has a large wound on her neck and I am worried about infection. The entire layer of skin is gone and her internal tissue is exposed but she is moving around just fine. It honestly doesn't seem to be bothering her. She is eating and drinking just fine. I put electrolytes in her water and I sprayed the wound with Blue Kote spray but i'm worried that it isn't enough. I have access to human antibiotics but i'm not sure what kind I need? I am totally comfortable with giving injections but I am unfamiliar with injection sites of birds. So long story short.. what kind of antibiotics? How much? and if i'm injecting.. where?
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Peeps are a-peeping Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Leave her be unless she becomes lethargic, chickens can heal up really well from wounds, I wouldn't do anything except what you have done. Be careful she doesn't get pecked by any other chickens.
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Vetericyn veterinary wound spray, although expensive, is a good thing to treat wounds with, and they will usually heal fairly well. Neosporin ointment can be used instead. BluKote works well to disguise the wound so other son't peck at it, but I would keep her separated for a few days. Make sure that she is eating well, and she may be tempted with chopped egg, tuna, or some wet chicken feed.
  4. aohare

    aohare Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 7, 2016
    Spring Hill
  5. casportpony

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

    Jun 24, 2012
    My Coop

    Welcome to BYC! Did you clean he wound really well before applying Blue Kote?

  6. Chicks4fun2

    Chicks4fun2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 5, 2014
    Pacific NW
    I'm looking for options to treat a possible internal joint infection. she is not at the lethargic stage i just want to be prepared if I need to go there. What antibiotics would i used how much? Where would i get them? I have never delt with a sick chicken so I have nothing on hand to treat an infection other than external first aid type stuff... but this seems to be internal no outside wounds...HELP! just want to be prepared!
  7. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Mycoplasma synovitis is an infection of joints that is treated with Tylan and tetracycline drugs. Staphylococcal infections are treated with other antibiotics such as penicillin, erythromycin, amoxicillin. I'm sure that your vet could be of help diagnosing the problem, and helping you find the correct antibiotic if one is needed.

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