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Poultry Remedy

As an aid in treating all varieties of poultry including Bantams, Ducks, Turkeys, Geese and Game Birds. For internal and external applications.

The directions below apply to bantams and mature poultry of similar size, unless otherwise noted. For larger or smaller birds, change dosage in proportion to size of bird.

Use VetRx warm, unless otherwise specified. To warm, open cap. Put bottle in small pan of water. Heat at medium temperature. Always test temperature of product before applying internally or externally.

To preare solution, add one teaspoonful of warm VetRx to one cup very warm water.

Note: VetRx mixes with hot water, but floats on top of cold water. This characteristic is helpful, as will be seen in treatment described.

Symptoms of colds are watery eyes, droopy appearance, and an unusual tendency to shake or turn the head.

To aid in the treatment of minor respiratory conditions, drip VetRx solution into bird's nostrils. Place a few drops of warm VetRx, straight from the bottle, down throat of infected bird at night. Also, rub some warm VetRx from the bottle over head of birds and under wings.

If condition becomes worse, change to stronger solution of one teaspoonful of VetRx in one-half cup of hot water. Also, swab throat and wash head and eyes with this stronger solution four or five times per day. Keep nostrils, eyes and throat as clean as possible.

Flock Care -- If colds infect many in a flock, spray warm VetRx solution over as many birds as possible. Use any small sprayer, and keep sprayer in pan of hot water before using. For birds in flock which look droopy, rub warm VetRx, full strength, over their heads, eyes and under their wings (When birds sleep with head under wings, vapors will help them). Also provide plenty of clean cool drinking water for the flock. Add a few drops of VetRx in drinking water each time you change it. It will float on the water and get on the beaks and nostrils of birds each time they drink, helping to treat them.

Vaporizer -- If you decide to use a vaporizer, make certain it is a hot water model. Follow manufacturer's directions. Fill cup with VetRx full strength and operate vaporizer for at least one hour while birds are roosting.

Preventing colds and roup -- To help prevent colds, sprinkle a few drops of VetRx in litter every four or five days. Add a few drops to drinking water every time you change it. Rub one or two drops of warm, full-strength VetRx under wings. This will not only help birds when they put heads under their wings, but their body heat will send aromatic vapors throughout coop to help all birds.

For Show Birds: To protect birds from colds while traveling to and from shows, place a few drops of warm VetRx under one wing. It does not stain, or harm feathers, wings, or color. Rubbing VetRx on legs brings out the true color and helps protect from mites and lice. When birds return from shows, keep them separated from the flock for one week. Wash feet and heads with warm solution, and run warm VetRx from the bottle on heads and under wings.

When shanks of bird appear dry, rub them with a small amount of cold VetRx from the bottle. In cases of heavy scale, apply cold VetRx and rub thoroughly all over shanks and toes. Repeat every three days until legs are completely free of scale.

This affliction is most harmful to game birds, which must have good vision at all times. The tiny worm works its way under the third eyelid and causes a pus pocket to form. The bird will blink excessively and rub its eye at base of wing feather.

To treat, hold bird under your arm so you have both hands free. Open bird's mouth while turning its head to side and tilting down so you can see the cleft in the roof of the mouth. Dip a small cotton swab into warm VetRx. Press swab right into cleft. Do this slowly. Watch for VetRx to come from each side of bird's beak and pus coming from corner of each eye. Remove pus and rest bird for a while. You may have to repeat treatment two or three times before you see reults.

This will help keep breeding birds healthy for maximum production of good breeding eggs.

Keep three quarts of lay mash indoors for a few hours until reaches room temperature. Warm a bottle of VetRx. Pour entire bottle into mash and mix well by rubbing mash between hands. Let stand in warm room over night. Next day, put this treated mash in container with a tight lid and let stand for about two weeks. Mix one tablespoon of treated mash, once daily, in feed for every twenty birds. If feeding ten birds or less, one teaspoon is enough. Be sure to stir treated mash thoroughly for feed.

Of course, while you are treating poultry and other birds, you will want to follow the usual precautions.

Isolate infected birds as soon as possible.

Clean out all coops and lofts in which sick birds have been. Keep birds as clean and dry as possible and free from drafts.

Watch for evidences of disease in birds coming home from shows. Diseases are often contracted in baskets.

For animal use only. Not for human consumption. Use only as directed. Keep this and all medication out of reach of children.

If symptoms persist for more than 48 hours, consult a licensed veterinarian.

By Henry Fichtner
Judge American Bantam Association.
License No. 30.
Past President, New York State Bantam Association.

Many articles have been written on washing, training, conditioning and feeding birds for exhibition. The one area that has been omitted is dressing the comb, face, wattles, shanks and toes. Some time ago, I agreed to test a cold remedy, VetRx. The directions given to me called for rubbing the medication on the comb, wattles and beak, and also putting a few drops in the bird's mouth. After a few days, the birds cold was gone, and I discovered a furhter use for VetRx.

After applying the mixture to comb and wattles, I noticed that the medication brought a natural luster to the face, comb and wattles and held the sheen for days after the treatment stopped. Then I went further and applied VetRx to the shanks and toes. It not only cleaned those areas without using soap and water, but it enhanced the color, and the rough scales disappeared.


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