- May 21, 2013
So, a few of our girls had gotten a bug, that has slowly worked its way around. A few have gotten better, a few have needed to be medicated. We took our girls to a vet that sees chickens. We were given enerofloxacin. I guess the other name is baytril. We medicated one girl, she was doing better by the end of the 2nd day, but we continued medicating her for the full 2 weeks. Just started my last two on the meds when I read up on the medication. Was mainly trying to read up on dosing in case i needed to change anything. Then I read it had been banned for meat/egg producing birds, I'm guessing for commercial birds due to it's compromising the effectiveness of cipro antibiotics in humans. The vet had said to avoid all eggs for 2 months. The girls are still young though, so no eggs right now anyway. I am kinda freaking out. We have been trying to to things as organically as possible, so this is devastating news... What do we do?? Is there another medication that is as effective for respiratory infections? Do we just forever toss their eggs and just enjoy them as birds?We tried duramyacin, it helped some girls, but 3 never really shook it completely. And they are running a culture to figure out exactly what we're dealing with. I'm most concerned about the health risks to humans because I have a young daughter. The first bird treated is our Easter egger who we adore. The last two are cute, but not my favorites. So stressed out... How do I sanitize my lawn from the super bacterium? And no, my birds are not being treated via water, but individually dosed.