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Trouble with Chickens Drinking Water with Tetracycline Powder

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by DenverChicks, Oct 18, 2016.

  1. DenverChicks

    DenverChicks Hatching

    Oct 18, 2016
    I have 3 sick chicks on tetracycline powder, but I am worried they are not consuming enough of the water for it to have an effect. Are there any recommendations of another way to get them to ingest it? I know it is water soluble, so possibly mix it with water and then put it in some yogurt? Thanks!

  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Welcome to BYC. When chickens are sick from most any disease, but especially respiratory diseases, they may not drink a normal amount of water. Some try adding a little flavoring, such as substituting a little cranberry juice or red jello water for the water in the mix. Tylan 50 injectable is a good alternative. It can be given orally (as well as by injection) and the dosage is given twice a day for 3-5 days. Depending on weight and size give 1/4 ml for chicks and bantams, 1/2 ml for up to 5 pound regular chicken, and 1 ml for over 5 pounds. What symptoms are you seeing, how old are they, and where did they come from? Here is a good link to read about common diseases, including infectious bronchitis, mycoplasma, coryza, aspergillosis, and ILT: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044
  3. annaBsChick

    annaBsChick Chirping

    Nov 24, 2014
    Herndon, VA
    What disease are you trying to treat? Here is a link to a site which provides excellent information on chicken diseases and provides a symptom checker, which is really quite useful for narrowing down the possibilities - http://www.poultrydvm.com/

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