Still looking for Meds to have on hand & where to get them!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Karen_at_LittleBrook, Nov 2, 2010.

  1. Karen_at_LittleBrook

    Karen_at_LittleBrook Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So far so good for my girls. They are all happy and healthy, and some just started laying last week! [​IMG] But I want to have some meds on hand if anyone should get sick. I'm mostly worried about respiritory issues and dont want to be in a panic and have to deal with a mail order search if illness should occur. My TSC does not sell poulty meds!? What should I have on hand and where can I get it? People mention all kinds of stuff in posts, but I need the best "go to" meds,to have, please. The best general antibiotic? The best med for a respiritory infection, etc. Thank You!!!!
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

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    I imagine you didn't get an answer because this is a complex issue with a lot of different opinions, and there certainly isn't a single best answer. Most chicken resp illnesses are viral and incurable; even when one is not lethal, they can remain carriers, sometimes get sick over and over, etc., even when treated with an antibiotic. If mine ever got one, I would try to identify it (county extension, ask vet about local resources, local ag college, etc.) and quite possibly cull the whole flock. And most people's chickens never get one. I've read several comments on here along the lines of, I've kept chickens for 40 years and never seen one. IMO, the best way to avoid it is biosecurity, which for me certainly includes never going near a chicken auction, chicken show, etc.

    The only meds I've ever bought for chickens are BluKote, and stuff for worming or to control mites/lice. Otherwise, I use my own first aid supplies once in a while, like Neosporin, peroxide, and Betadine. And yes, I've kept chickens for years.

    There aren't many meds for chickens out there. Often people use meds intended for cows or other livestock. I worm with Ivomec (ivomectrin,) a pour-on cattle wormer, bought at TSC. You can buy poultry dust at our feed store for lice/mites, but I usually use Adams flea and tick spray or dust, which of course is intended for dogs and cats. Penicillin G, Tylan and Baytril are probably the best antibiotics to keep, from what I've read, if you are going to do that. I've never shopped for them but imagine they are not sold as chicken meds, either. And most antibiotics are expensive and have a fairly short shelf life.

    Somewhere on here there is a very long list of supplies, if you want to search for it.
     
  3. chickieboy

    chickieboy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hello, my tsc sell antibiotic and sulmet how come your don t?
     
  4. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

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    Quote:Sulmet is an antibiotic. I imagine either we have one more misinformed store employee here, or they are all sold for other animals.
     
  5. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most of what I needed I bought at a poultry show - the vendors there sell everything and there is no shipping and handling fee. First State Vet Supply was one, Egg cartons.com, and Kuhl, etc. are some vendors I have seen repeatedly at the shows. Corid, Blu-kote, sulmet, etc. and feeders, waterers, everything.
     
  6. Karen_at_LittleBrook

    Karen_at_LittleBrook Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks everyone for the info! Better safe than sorry and I really want to be prepared.
     

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