Please carefully read through ALL the rules/guidelines (yes there a lot, but they are necessary for the safety for our members) to avoid any confusion or misunderstanding down the road. This group is based in the United States, with the majority of our members in the US. All advice given needs to follow the rules and regulations set forth for poultry in the US.
- Recommending any of the following is grounds for automatic and possibly permanent removal (please review this list often for any changes):
○ Blu-Kote/Red-Kote, scarlet oil OR similar products. These products
are harsh on wounds, damage tissue and slow healing.
○ Ivermectin Pour On as it is designed for cattle skin and can damage the thin skin of a chicken.
○ Baytril and Metronidazole. They are illegal to use in food producing species in the United States and carry a lifetime egg withdrawal if used. The FDA considers ALL poultry a food producing species, even if you consider them “pets”.
○ Fish antibiotics and pet bird antibiotics, as many of them contain some medications in the same family as Baytril and Metronidazole.
○ Suprelorin or any other hormone implant – hormones are illegal to use in poultry as they are a major food producing species.
○ Aspirin. By the time an effective dose is reached, liver and kidney damage can occur.
○ Colloidal Silver. There is not enough poultry specific information that studies the benefits vs. the risks.
○ Prid. The vet’s of this group recommend against using prid as it is caustic to their skin.
Poly-vi-Sol with or without Iron – this is not an appropriate vitamin supplement for poultry. Poultry Cell or Nutri-drench may be used depending on shy supplementation is needed.
Yogurt/Milk – chickens do not have the enzymes necessary digest lactose
Tortraurazil – this is a compound medication and compound medications must be individually compounded for the specific bird otherwise it has no allowable off-label usage.
○ Diatomaceous Earth (DE). DE can cause serious respiratory issues to humans and chickens.
○ Gasoline/WD-40 for the treatment of scaly leg mites. The fumes are not safe for chickens.
○ Home surgery without proper pain management. This includes lancing, suturing, aggressively removing eye/sinus pus, draining fluid, bumblefoot, etc.
○ Pesticides not labeled for poultry. Pesticides have no allowable off-label usage per the EPA. They must be directly labeled for poultry and the application directions must be followed to a T in order to have zero egg withdrawal. Dipping is not labeled for poultry.
- All medications that are NOT dosed in drinking water are dosed by the weight of the specific bird, they are not a one size fits all. These include, but are not limited to, Tylan 50/200, Safeguard, Ivermectin.
- This group is based on veterinary science, evidence-based medicine and thorough research. Any weblink or screenshot posted needs to be from a college, university, AG extension, written by a vet or have approval from admin. Links/recommendations to other groups/pages is not allowed. Please be respectful of the vets who do contribute their time to this group. There are many knowledgeable vets and members in this group. Members who violate this will be removed without warning.
- Don’t tell someone to Google or YouTube something – either provide the correct information or say nothing. Google is not always our friend, especially when it comes to raising chickens. There is much misinformation out there. This group is based on scientific information, veterinary medicine and fact – be prepared to support your opinion with fact if asked. When suggesting that a member needs to cull their bird, explain why. Be helpful and understanding of their situation.
- Once a vet has responded, please refrain from commenting, unless asking a follow-up question. Admins reserve the right to delete any content after a vet has responded and permanently remove the offending member.
- If a post is addressed to the vets, please refrain from commenting – some members are only wanting a vet’s perspective. All non-vet comments on these posts are subject to deletion and members may be subject to permanent removal.
- When posting a question, please include as much information and pics as possible – this helps the vets to provide a more complete response. #CVCinfoneeded. If you wish to only have a vet/admin respond, please address your post accordingly and include for admins to delete all non-vet comments. Once you have posted and if you have and update, please update your original post instead of making a new. By updating your original, all the information is together, making it easier for the vets to assist.
- Please do not delete your post if a vet, admin or member has answered. This is a veterinary learning group and answered posts serve as learning tool for others who may one day have the same/similar issue. Deleting your post is grounds for permanent removal.
- Please become familiar with the units, where the files are, how to do a group search for previously answered posts, hashtags, and the topic buttons. These are all valuable tools that can assist you with answering many common questions. A list of hashtags and tutorials for accessing files/topics/group search will be available in Unit 2.
- Please do not private message (PM) members as it defeats the purpose of this being a veterinary learning group. By sharing information within the group, it has the potential to help other members who may have the same/similar issue in the future.
- Please do not friend request or PM the vets as it is rude and intrusive. They generously volunteer their time to the group as they can, but they have their own clinic patients and families that come first. Members who do so, will be permanently removed from the group.
- If your comment is deleted, don’t complain on the post it was deleted from – you may PM me directly after you re-read the rules.
Please don’t argue with admins or vets, especially about the use of strictly prohibited medications/pesticides.
Absolutely no name calling – this is not a school yard. Be nice or say nothing at all.
Please don’t argue with each other – members are free to disagree respectfully.
- Only questions pertaining to chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, Guinea, pheasants, peacocks, emus, etc. will be allowed. We have 3 sister groups for other animals – in these groups only vets are permitted to respond:
Pet Vet Corner – cats, dogs, rabbits, fish, and other household pets.
Goat Vet Corner – goats, sheep, cows, pigs, llamas
Horse Vet Corner – horses and donkeys
- Please do not share posts, files or screenshots from this group. Doing so will get you permanently banned. This is a safe place for members to post. You are more than welcome to invite others to join so they may have access to the info in this group.
- Please refrain from using the angry emoji on posts and comments as this can cause unnecessary disruptions and drama.
15. Please update your orginal post in the comments instead of making a new one – it will not be approved.
16. Please do a keyword search before making a post to the group – frequently asked questions, such as “what dewormer to use, how to treat an egg bound hen, how to treat vent gleet, how to treat Coccidia, etc.” Will no longer be approved.
17. Please be respectful of the vets, admin and members in this group and refrain from making snarky comments when your post does not get answered. Not all posts will get answered. Learn to help yourself and search the group as the majority of questions asked have been asked before.
Due to an overwhelming increase in non-health related posts, we will no longer approve the following posts: what breed/sex is my bird, what killed my bird or sharing posts.