I have a rooster who is sick. This is the second time he has been sick, last time was last summer. His crow starts to sound funny, and he may be wheezing, slightly if he is. More so, he gets tired quickly. Anyway, last time he was really sick before I could get treatment (I was leaving out of the country) and I ended up taking him to the vet where he got a shot of baytril and some pills for his water the next day. (just a broad spectrum antibiotic) I also wormed him shortly after.
Anyway, I need to know/try a few things before I resort to taking him to the vet again. I have Tylan 50-injectable that I can give him, but I really don't to give him a shot if I don't have to. I can, I do the goats all the time, but I don't want to if I can avoid. so here are my questions....
I gave him .5 ml/cc orally for 2 days (not sure how much we got into his mouth the first night because we didn't want it going into his lungs) second night he was awesome taking it even though it tastes like crap. Should I try another oral dosage (I know its not as effective given orally) Should I use more? Today, he is acting better, (chased me all over the yard today) but his crow has not improved and tonight he decided to sleep on the floor of the coop, instead of the perch. Never a good sign.
1. If I do end up giving him a shot, I know where, but I don't know what size needle. What size?
2. Dosage for oral and dosage for injection? I see lots of different dosages for Tylan 50. Any thoughts? He's a barred rock, probably about 7-8 pounds.
3. Can I put the injectable into his water or only the water soluable? How much per gallon?
4. Should I just bit the bullet and take him to the vet (which BTW...I cannot afford this week)