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.

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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Note: The chart below is not displaying correctly for many people (especially the far-right "Notes" column that lists dose amounts and recommendations. Two temporary solutions you can try:
  • Copy & paste into a separate document.
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Reference Info for Diagnosing Diseases

  • Lookup for many diseases & treatments. In Advanced Search, search by "Species", "Poultry" and enter search term "poultry". Note: Some diseases & medicines that also apply to poultry do not mention this in description, so you may need to search more generally by "Keyword" and one or more specific search terms to get general information on those. *Search results may be listed on several pages--be sure to browse through all pages. http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/index.jsp?cfile=jsp/search/advsrch.jsp

More Info on Medications

  • Extensive, detailed info on medications & dosing rates. http://www.merckmanuals.com/vet/pharmacology.html.
    • Note: If a description does not mention treatment on birds but you wonder if it may be useful, pursue further research from different sources.
      • The med may be one that IS actually used for birds in many situations & you just need to find additional info elsewhere,
      • OR it may be a med that is NOT safe or effective for birds.