Tuesday, February 27Food Security Matters

Best Drugs and Antibiotics for Chickens Colds and Coryza

Using antibiotics for chickens is not bad as long as you know the dosage and administration. Chicken colds and coryza are some of the hardest poultry diseases to treat and cure and not all drugs can be effective. Sometimes, Vetracine gold may work with other chickens but may not with other breeds. It always depends on many factors and the cause and source of diseases.

Why chickens get colds

There are many factors why chickens are infected with colds but cold weather and contaminated water and solids are the majority of teh reasons. When chickens drink water heated by the sun, they’ll get cold. When the weather is cold, they’ll get cold. When the weather is too hot and they drink cold water, they may also get cold. When the soil is contaminated with a variety of bacteria, they’ll get colds. See, the number of reasons is endless, therefore, it is better to always be prepared. Knowing the local drugs that can be purchased to treat colds is very important.


The following are the antibiotics for chickens we normally use. 

1. Baytril (Enrofloxacin)

Available as an oral solution, injectable, and tablets, Baytril is indicated for therapy of bacterial infections due to colibacillosis, fowl cholera, infectious coryza, and salmonellosis of broiler chickens, growing pullets, broiler, and layer breeder birds as well as an aid in therapy of mycoplasmal infections due to Mycoplasma gallisepticum and M. synoviae. Baytril is manufactured by Bayer and its genetic name is Enrofloxacin.

2. Premoxil

Premoxil is one of the most popular poultry drugs in the Philippines. Available in water-soluble powder, tablet, and capsule, Promixl is the only antibiotic for chicken in the market with Paracetamol. It is specially formulated to give younger chickens faster relief from sickness. This product is now repackaged in a new box for a more exciting and vibrant look. Premoxil indications include prevention of wound infections, treatment of CRD, Pullorum, Coryza, swollen head syndrome, bumblefoot, and other bacterial infections caused by organisms sensitive to Amoxicillin and Tylosin.

3. Paracure Capsule

Paracure is manufactured by Mad Science and contains Co-Amoxiclav + Tilmicosin + Flumequin. It is effective in the treatment o diarrhea, salmonellosis, Infectious Coryza, Chronic Respiratory Disease CRD, and fight wounds. Paracure is available in many poultry supply stores nationwide.

4. Vetracin Gold

Vetracine is probably the most popular drug that every chicken raiser is familiar with. The Vetracin brand is created for the Treatment and control of swine pneumonia, neonatal and post-weaning scours, swine dysentery, cervical abscess, leptospirosis, and other infections susceptible to doxycycline and tiamulin. Fighting cocks, Broilers, and Layers: Treatment and control of Chronic Respiratory Disease, and other respiratory and enteric diseases like infectious coryza, infectious synovitis, fowl cholera, salmonellosis, and E. coli infections.

5. Trisullak

Trisullak is available in both tablet and injectable. It is made for the prevention and treatment of Fowl Cholera, Fowl Typhoid, Salmonellosis, Mastitis, Metritis, agalactia, Pneumonia, and Dysentery. It is also effective against secondary infections after viral diseases and stress.

6. Bacterid

Bacterid (Enrofloxacin) injectable is made for the treatment of bacterial and mycoplasmal pneumonia (Pasteurella, Bordetella, Actinobacillus, Haemophilus, Erysipelothrix, Mycoplasma spp.), colibacillosis and enteritis, skin and soft tissue infections in swine, fighting cocks and ruminants.

7. Dovitron

Comes in water-soluble powder, Dovitron is a broad-spectrum antibiotic with essential vitamins that prevent and control complicated Chronic Respiratory Disease (CCRD), Coryza, Fowl Cholera, and E. coli infections. Supportive Therapy increases resistance during stress conditions such as vaccinations, changes in feeds, molting, beak trimming, and high temperatures. Promotes early recovery from disease. Dovitron should not be used in layer hens producing eggs for human consumption, and should not be given to pregnant animals in the last 2 – 3 weeks of pregnancy and up to 4 weeks of age in neonates. 

8. Amtyl 500

Amtyl 500 is very popular with gamefowl breeders. It is created to Treat chronic respiratory disease, infectious coryza, pullo­rum, swollen head syndrome, salmo­nellosis, pasteurellosis, erysipelas, llll Actino­bacillus jjjj-caused pneumonia, bumblefoot infection, and other bacterial disorders caused by organisms sus­cep­tible to amoxicillin and tylosin.

9. Ambroxitil 

Ambroxitil Water Soluble Powder contains Amoxicillin + Tylosin + Bromhexine. It claims to be the number 1 antibiotic for chicks against Coryza (pisik), CRD (halak), Fowl Pox (bulutong), and Colibacillosis (yellowish diarrhea)

10. L-SPEC 

L-SPEC injectable contains Lincomycin + Spectinomycin. The premium antibiotics for chickens with dual action in one strength, L-SPEC contains a powerful combination of Lincomycin and Spectinomycin.

L-SPEC is manufactured to prevent and treat fowl cholera, infectious coryza, chronic respiratory disease, salmonellosis (yellowish droppings), bacterial enteritis, and mycoplasma synoviae.

Questions related to antibiotics for chickens

Can you give human antibiotics to chickens?

While minimally used in raising chickens, as of December 2016, antibiotics that are important to human medicine are only labeled for use in food animals to address disease, and not to promote growth, and are used exclusively under the supervision and prescription of a veterinarian.

What can you give a chicken for a bacterial infection?

For the majority of chicken bacterial diseases, treatment involves antibiotics. They can be given in the water or with pills (other ways are impractical for flocks of less than 500). How they are given depends on the specific disease and which method is most practical.

Can I give my chicken human amoxicillin?

The oral bioavailability of amoxicillin was found to be 63.00 +/- 4.58%. The results indicate that a dosage of 10 mg/kg administered orally at 24 h intervals should be effective in treating a variety of systemic infections in poultry.

What does amoxicillin treat in chickens?

Amoxicillin and ampicillin are examples of penicillins. Penicillins are effective in the treatment of sinusitis and chronic respiratory disease in poultry.

How much amoxicillin do I give a chicken?

The recommended dosage is 15 mg amoxicillin trihydrate per kg bodyweight. The total period of treatment should be 3 days or in severe cases 5 days.

What antibiotic treats respiratory infection in chickens?

Treatment with tetracycline antibiotics may reduce the duration of symptoms by half. Ensuring optimum environmental conditions is most important during this time. A top differential for non-specific respiratory infections is Mycoplasma gallisepticum (MG).

Can farmers give chickens antibiotics?

Are Antibiotics Given to Chickens? Antibiotics are given to all farmed animals, including chickens. However, a 2020 report indicates that only 1 percent of broiler chickens are raised on full-spectrum antibiotics, and half are raised without any use of antibiotics at all.

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