In the previous post I read how one of your flock members was ill and needed a shot. Just HOW do you give a chicken a shot, and how does a person know what the correct dosage of medicine would be for a hen?
Frightened of Shots
You think YOU'RE frightened of shots - try being poor ROBYN!!! She was totally unprepared for what was coming up the first time around! But, to answer your question, Penicillin is injected under the skin, in a thick muscle, such as the upper leg or thigh on a chicken. Robyn is way too thin to take an injection into her breast - she's lost a lot of weight in a short amount of time, and there's no "meat" there to put the needle into. The first thing you have to do is CATCH the hen! (No problem with Robyn - she is ill and easily tricked.) Next, pick up the bird and place it carefully onto its back, stroking her from neck to breast for a few moments to relax her. The last step is to hold a leg out from the body, and after locating a meaty area, part the feathers down to the skin, push the needle in, aspirate it back (to be sure there's no blood in the needle), and if all is well, release the medicine into the leg muscle. Easy Peasy! The first time or two it might be easiest to have an assistant.
As for dosage, the Chicken Wrangler phoned the vet. 1/4 cc was the amount he recommended, 2 to 3 times a day for 5 - 7 days. We are hoping it works its magic for Robyn this week. Thanks for all of the well wishes - Robyn was happy to hear of your concerns for her well-being.