Tetracycline dosage for chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Critter Crazed, Jun 6, 2010.

  1. Critter Crazed

    Critter Crazed Chicken Cuddlin' Cheesehead

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    I have 6 chicks that are about 4 weeks old now. They are on medicated chick starter and I noticed there is quite a bit of bloody poop in the brooder. No other symptoms. I bought tetracycline.

    I'm confused on the dosage though.
    My waterer is one quart. Can anyone tell me how much I should put in the water? And for how long?

    Thanks. [​IMG]
     
  2. dumb_cluck

    dumb_cluck Songster

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    If you have medicated feed, then why are you trying to medicate further?
     
  3. Critter Crazed

    Critter Crazed Chicken Cuddlin' Cheesehead

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    There is a lot of blood in the poo. I started seeing this maybe a week ago and the poo keeps getting bloodier and bloodier. I was told there is a chance they can get cocci with medicated feed. Plus I bought two chicks from a swap when they were 2 weeks old. They might not of had medicated feed when younger. So I figured I would medicate and get this blood cleared out before anyone starts getting sick
     
  4. donnavee

    donnavee Songster

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    I'm certainly no expert, but I think I read to give them Corid (amprolium) for coci. The dosage for chicks is 3/4 to 1 1/2 tsp per quart for 7 days. When mine were about 2 wks old I noticed a little blood in some poop so I bought this at our local feed store and gave it to them. The problem cleared up. Mine are also on medicated feed - this is just a higher concentration of the medication in the feed, so I used the lower dosage of 3/4 tsp.

    Good luck, others may have more expert advice - I've only been doing this for a year, 2nd batch of chicks. The others never had any bloody poop.
     
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Tetracycline does not treat cocci. You need an anti-protozoan, not an antibiotic. Corid is best, but if you can't get that, get Sulmet.
     

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