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

    May 21, 2013
    Brownsville, Texas
    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 Flock Master Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    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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