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
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
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.
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.