If you raise chickens long enough, there will come a time when you need to administer some type of medication orally. As you can imagine, this isn't always the easiest thing to do, especially if you are trying to do it alone. To make it even more difficult, it's very easy to squirt the liquid down the windpipe instead of the throat and accidentally aspirate (basically drown) your chicken.
I have been fortunate in that our chickens are basically healthy, but recently, I had one that seemed to be a bit under the weather and I administered some Nutri-drench drops for a few days, several times a day for added nutrients and energy. Here's how I did it quickly, easily and by myself since my husband is at work all day. I even managed to hold the camera in my other hand!
Step 1: Pick up your chicken and hold her around the middle, pinning her wings to her body.
Step 2: Gently flip her over so her feet are up in the air. (this is easier than is sounds and once she is upside down, she should immediately stop struggling)
Step 3: Kneeling on the ground, place her securely between your knees.
Step 4: With your fingers, gently pry open her mouth by pressing at the hinge or carefully inserting a fingernail inside.
Step 5: Drip the drops/medication onto the roof of her mouth.
For more tips on administering different kinds of meds, read HERE.
If you are interested in the items I keep in my All Natural Chicken First Aid Kit, read HERE.
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