Sudden weather change in Texas, should I medicate?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Hope Frazier, Dec 30, 2013.

  1. Hope Frazier

    Hope Frazier Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello everyone! We are having crazy Texas weather here in Brownsville! 60/70 yesterday, now its 40s cold and wet. My chickens, turkeys and guineas got wet last night/today as I was not able to get the tarps around the pen til noon. We have two heat lamps and tarps around the pen now. Should i go ahead and give tetracycline or electrolytes or should I give both? Any advice would be appreciated!
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Antibiotics shouldn't be given unless you know that you have a bacterial disease, and hopefully which one. Heat lamps may be okay for short term use to help get them dry, but 40 degrees isn't low enough to require a heat lamp. Make sure they have a dry coop with now drafts, but have some overhead ventilation to help prevent frostbite. People up north into Canada and Alaska don't heat their coops with subzero temps.
     

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