Questions? Give us a call at 830-279-1908

Common Medications & Dosage

Common Medications and Dosages By Lanette Allen

Corrid for the treatment of cocci 

2 tbsp per gallon of water, change daily, use for 3 to 5 days

 Sulmet for cocci 2 tbsp per gallon for 2 days, then reduce to half the amount for additional 4 days

for cholera and pullorum 2 tbsp per gallon for 6 days

for coryza 2 tbsp for 2 days

Aspirin for inflammation, fever, listlessness during illness. 5 tablets dissolved to a gallon of water

Duramycin treats animal bites (kills bacteria from the mouth of cats, dogs, raccoons, etc), infected wounds and mild respiratory illness 3tsp/gallon water. Must be mixed fresh daily

Safeguard aka Panacur aka Fenbendazole for treatment of various common worms1 teaspoon of liquid Safeguard per gallon of water for 3 days**** periodically stir water as it likes to settle at the bottom of the water.

Sulfa drugs are added to drinking water for the treatment of bumblefoot, toxoplasmosis, a variety of respiratory infections, systemic colibacillosis (often in combination with penicillian G) and coccidiosis.  The sulfas work best when treatment starts in the early stages of infection.  A chicken usually shows improvement within 3 days, but should be treated for an additional 2 days after symptoms disappear.  In any case Sulfa treatment should not go on longer than 7 days or the result may be kidney damage and/or vitamin K deficiency.  

Tetracyclines:  The most often used for chickens is oxytetracycline (trade name Terramycin) which comes both in injectable form and in a powder to be added to drinking water.  Since it works best in an acidic environment, its absorption rate can be improved by adding 1 cup of cranberry juice, 1/2 cup vinegar, or 2 teaspoons of citric acid (found in the canning section of grocery stores) to each gallon of drinking water.  To further increase the drug's effectiveness, discontinue calcium supplements during treatment.  Despite the broad spectrum of tetracyclines, they work rather poorly. 

Ivermectin: is effective against a wide variety of internal and external parasites (excluding flukes and tapeworms).  It can be toxic to chickens in relatively small amounts.  Given orally, 1/4 cc is enough to worm a large chicken, up to 7 drops will worm a bantam. It can be added to water at a rate of 1.5 cc per gallon. Ivermectin can also be used for scaly legs. 

Vaseline on the legs supposedly suffocates leg mites. I'm not sure whether I believe that's the reason it helps but many chicken keepers will swear it makes a big difference when treating leg mites.  

Ways to Treat Lice and Mites In Chickens

Most of the people I talk with about poultry tell me that they use sevin dust on their flock that you can pick up from your local gardening center. Others have said that they are using products such as front line which is commonly used on dogs and cats.  I've used this and haven't seen any ill effects.  I applied on drop to the back of the neck.  Some also apply one drop under each wing and near the vent.

Some use Ivermectin which is intended for bovine. (Cows) 

As far as scaly leg mites, we use either Vaseline or regular vegetable oil. Although this is not a super fast cure, it is safe. The legs will have to be covered completely every day, and the product you choose to use must be thoroughly rubbed into the legs and pushed under the scales to ensure that the mite is covered and will suffocate as they breathe through their skin.

For lice, Diatomaceous Earth, or DE.  Our chickens will fight to get in and get a thorough dusting in the cool ash. We also take the ash in a bucket and dump into their favorite dusting spots. Since it is a food grade substance it is safe if it gets into their feed and drinking water. Many people will actually add a small amount to the feed and drinking water as a natural wormer for their chickens. I have not relied on this practice for total parasite control myself.

Pour on the pumpkin! Yes that is right.  The pumpkin seeds actually contain a small amount of arsenic which does not harm the birds at all but it will paralyze the worms that your chickens may contain and allow them to safely pass them out of their bodies.