What's a good antibiotic to have on hand?


In the Brooder
Oct 13, 2020

I'd like to know what kind of antibiotic would be good to have on hand for chickens. I thought that recently one of my chickens may have had a respiratory infection and so I was scrambling to try and figure out what to give her. I don't believe she has one anymore but I am still monitoring her (giving her VetRx and some Hen Boost). I'd like to keep some general antibiotic on hand in the event I need it in the future. What do you all suggest? I'd like to give it to them orally vs an injection. Also, I'd prefer one that's more natural but am open to getting something more traditional (if that's the right word) in case one becomes very sick and need something to help quickly.

Thank you for the advice!


May 30, 2020
There are many antibiotics safe to use with poultry, most are used for respiratory diseases or other internal infections.

  • Tylan 50 or 200 (Tylosin)
  • Penicillin
  • Amoxicillin
  • LA-200 (Oxytetracycline)
  • Duramycin 72-200 (Oxytetracyline)
  • Baytril (Enrofloxacin)
  • Denagard (Tiamulin)
  • Terramycin Eye Ointment
I hope this helps :)


Crossing the Road
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Jul 1, 2020
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Oil of Oregano (Note: NOT Oregano essential oil!) is a natural antibiotic in dogs and other animals. Its a holistic style method.
Some claim its affective, some claim its not, but I would be willing to try it to avoid killing the healthy bacteria in the gut. The gut is the biggest part of the immune system, so killing the beneficial bacteria substantially weakens the immune system making it harder to for the bird to fight infection or disease naturally.
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