Monday, August 16, 2010

"Pilling" A Chicken ( Giving oral medication in pill form)

It is pretty easy to give a chicken a pill. Thought I would tell every one how it can be done easily. The first method is easiest with two people but can be carefully done with one. Wrap the chicken loosely in a towel still sitting upright. First off of course you can loosely hold the chickens head. Carefully slightly open the beak and put the pill in the back of her mouth. Do not throw it down her throat. She will swallow it just from it being in the back of her mouth. Once your chicken is feeling better it isn't always easy to do this. I have to do this on my own normally so I have started doing it a very very easy way.

This Berry Method does not stress them out from being handled and forcefully given pills. But sometimes when they are very sick you will have to use the first method till they are feeling good enough to take their favorite treats.

Our chickens love berries. Strawberries, Blueberries, etc. But blueberries are some of their favorites. They swallow them whole so it is the perfect treat to stick their medication in.
This is the Baytril (antibiotics). I break it into fourths. This is the 22mg pill so she takes 11mg morning and evening.
Here is the blueberry with the fourth of pill stuck inside it. Fits really nice and won't fall out. I have to give her two stuffed berries everytime she gets her antibiotics.
Make sure the right chicken gets the meds. This is Big Red and she is in isolation since she was attacked by a raccoon. So its easy for her to get her pill without the other chickens interfering. But make sure you chicken swallows the whole berry or the pill might fall out and not get taken. So watch her till she is finished. 
Don't know if you can tell by the picture but she has it in the back of her mouth whole swallowing it. These pills go straight down this way and I can't think of an easier way to get them to take their meds.