Should I NOT give oatmeal or yogurt while giving antibiotics?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by tdgill, Apr 4, 2009.

  1. tdgill

    tdgill Overrun With Chickens

    I came across some info on meds and read that you should stay away from iron, dairy and other things when taking antibiotics (tetracyclines). I was pampering my hen in quarantine with some oatmeal....container says Iron 10%. Also, have been giving yogurt while she's on the antibiotics. sigh.
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2009
  2. Chicken Fruit

    Chicken Fruit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    Echo Homestead
    Calcium taken WITH antibiotics will inhibit their absorbtion in the gut. With chickens they have free access to the medication since its generally in their water- just feed her some yogurt one time a day and dont stress it.

    I ALWAYS give yogurt with antibiotics- otherwise their guts will be without flora when the antibiotics end.

    Iron has the same effect- but again only while its in the gut, chickens poop stuff out pretty fast.
  3. tdgill

    tdgill Overrun With Chickens

    isn't giving yogurt to them AFTER the course of antibiotics just as good if not wiser?

    appreciate your kindness and telling me not to stress over it. lord knows
  4. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Yogurt afterwards is good, for any animal, including us. People are instructed not to drink milk or use antacids for one hour after or two hours before a dose of a tetracycline, if memory serves. Inhibits or blocks the antibiotic, if I remember correctly. Might be safe to give yogurt once a day during the course of treatment; they will still have antibiotics in their system most of the 24 hours. Though I wonder if the antibiotic doesn't just kill the useful bacteria in the yogurt as well.

    So, for sure afterwards, and your choice during the treatment.
  5. tdgill

    tdgill Overrun With Chickens

    thanks also.

    just want this to work as best as possible. thinking that with the iron content of oatmeal AND the yogurt, maybe they weren't absorbing enough meds at all.

    i also read after the fact that duramycin is supposed to be given in divided doses?

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