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Tips for giving Oral Medicine

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by GoldenCometLover, Nov 12, 2010.

  1. GoldenCometLover

    GoldenCometLover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2010
    Freeville, NY
    Hi everyone - I had to take my hen Rocky to Cornell Hosp for a leg injury yesterday - [​IMG] she is on "bedrest" and should be okay in a couple weeks [​IMG]

    They gave me 2 kinds of medicine to give her orally with syringes...they told me how much, and where on right side, etc, but no tips on how to get her mouth open long enough for me to stick syringe in, position it properly and squirt!

    Any tips on how to get her to do this without upsetting her more than she already is?? [​IMG]

    She is on restricted movement and already stressed...

    Thanks as always!! [​IMG]
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Gently tug on her wattles. The beak will magically open. [​IMG]
  3. Jenski

    Jenski Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 17, 2008
    Middle Tennessee
    I often put oral meds in a warm "mush" I make of their feed. Assuming the bird is caged alone, you could use just enough warm water-soaked feed in a small cup to stir in with the meds. (Not too much, or the meds may not get finished.)

    I have also successfully done this using warm oatmeal, or even mashed overripe banana.

    Just one alternative for an already-stressed bird! Good luck.
  4. GoldenCometLover

    GoldenCometLover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2010
    Freeville, NY
    Thanks so very much - both excellent suggestions! [​IMG]

    I will try the wattles first - she's an Ameracauna and LOVES LOVES LOVES [​IMG] her beard stroked...especially when I tell her she's got a sexy beard and all other chickens are jealous of her... [​IMG]

    If that doesn't work then warm mush it is - and yes she is separated so she will be the only one to get it!

    Thanks again - I know I could count on BYC experts!!

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