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Lookee what I got

Ivermectin. Just like the covid medicine.

Well, no, not just like – this is a spot-on animal treatment. Ivermectin is kind of a miracle drug for small animal and bird parasites. It gets rid of internal and external bugs with a topical application. Apparently, it’s brilliant for earmites in bunnies.

Albert the cockerel has developed a big bald spot on his head. I can’t see any parasites, but I can’t think what else it can be. I don’t think Polands molt like that. Or maybe they do.

Anyway, I didn’t need a prescription, but it was super expensive. And it looks like I miscalculated – this is formulated for budgies or something. Albert is a substantial chicken. He’s going to take alllll the pipettes.


Comment from Pupster
Time: August 9, 2021, 8:29 pm

I don’t know the equivalent in your current location but Farm and Fleet and Tractor Supply sell the same medicine OTC for horsies, I’m guessing some math might be required for the proper chicken size dosage.

Comment from Stephen Falken
Time: August 9, 2021, 9:37 pm

“Albert is a substantial chicken. He’s going to take alllll the pipettes.”

But he probably has really small ears so you might not need that many to treat him for earmites. If you ever need to get rid of mites in cats there is a product that uses the ingredient selamectin (I didn’t want to post the brand name) and it gets rid of earmites, fleas and heartworms too. Kind of expensive to use monthly so I try to use it a few times a year.

Comment from homer
Time: August 9, 2021, 11:07 pm

Farmers buy the stuff by the gallon to use on cows. There are several pour-on parasiticides, but generic ivermectin is the cheapest, and very popular. One of the guys you go to church with would probably give you 5cc if you asked.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: August 10, 2021, 1:21 am

If he was a super sophisticated chicken he wouldn’t need any treatment at all.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: August 10, 2021, 2:34 am

@durnedyankee — Heh! Moreover, he’s outdoors.

@homer — Yep. I just checked my local farm supply store, and topical ivermectin (5mg/ml) is $63 for five liters. And that store’s known for high prices; it almost qualifies as a “tractor boutique”.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: August 10, 2021, 3:34 pm

If there’s a super sophisticated outbreak, care to guess how many of the super sophisticated will rush to their tractor supply outlet for ‘supplies?’

Because being sophisticated probably means getting real medical advice on things that work instead of using the Chinese recommended methods of treating your ‘chicken’.


Scaled back, supplies, of course.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: August 10, 2021, 4:19 pm

Uhm, it might be cheaper to buy Albert a hat – just sayin’


Comment from BJM
Time: August 11, 2021, 1:27 am

Ivermectin is used for canine heartworm prevention too. Monthly Da Boyz get a large soft lozenge that smells like Bit ‘O Honey candies…they really, really like it. I buy it online from Chewy.

Okay people, chicken hats? No. Just no.

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