Medicine Chart for Chickens & other Poultry
This list of many medications for birds includes SOME information on diseases treated, treatment notes & places to buy.
Revisions & new information are constantly added.
- Medicine classes are noted to help identify more similar & very different drugs. -
Disclaimer: Information on this website is gathered from many sources by a lay individual. It may not be accurate or complete. It should not necessarily be considered expert advice. Some medicine uses below are off-label & not USDA-approved.
Further advice from a veterinarian who has backyard chicken experience might be helpful.
VERY IMPORTANT NOTES:
Use this site as a starting place to learn about possible medicines so you can look up more specifics.
Use our More Resources section, or in a search engine type in "poultry" or "chickens" (which often brings more results that typing other species) and a medication or disease name to look up additional information. It is important to diagnose your bird's disease as accurately as you can, to learn about effectively treating, and to read specific instructions on using a specific medicine, & to learn other treatments.
Make sure the medicine matches:
Type and strain of disease --- Try for best diagnosis of disease using lists of symptoms or relevant tests by a vet or lab (Find a lab by typing "vet diagnostic lab" & your state's name in a search engine). In some cases, a specific medicine is only effective or more effective for a specific strain of a disease. If you have the opportunity to get relevant lab tests done, these can help narrow down which meds may be best to treat your bird's particular strain of a disease. Or if a med from one class of medicines doesn't work, you can switch and try one from another class of medicines.
Type, age and purpose of your bird --- Chick, Adolescent, Laying Hen, Rooster, Breeder, Meat Bird, or Pet
Species of your bird --- Chicken, Duck, Turkey, Goose, Pheasant, Pigeon, Quail, or Dove (or exotic bird). Some meds are safe for some species but damaging to others.
Make sure you find out correct administration:
Dose: Number of ounces, mg's, cc's (Note: 1 ml = 1 cc = 1/5 tsp), etc. [Note: Doses listed below are generally for average 5 lb (2.27 kg) chicken]
Dosage Timing: Frequency and Duration • Medication Form: Powder, Pre-mixed Liquid, etc.
Administration Method: Orally thru Diabetic Syringe with needle removed or Eyedropper, Intramuscular Injection, Subcutaneous Injection, Mixed into Feed or Water, Applied on Skin, etc.
DO NOT OVER-TREAT! Try to appropriately limit medications since some treatments can cause loss of disease-fighting "good bacteria" (You can reduce risk by feeding buttermilk, unflavored yogurt, or other probiotics after treatment.), kidney damage (You can use kidney cleansing foods/products to help reduce risk.), or other negative effects. However, do not under-treat, because that may allow germs or parasites to build resistance to meds.
The chart is now sortable by clicking the title at the top of each column.
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