Raising chicks at home for personal needs or for the purpose of earning money, the poultry breeder strives to keep all chickens intact until the productive age. In this he is helped by high-quality nutrition and drugs that destroy pathogenic bacteria. Baycox for chickens is used as a prophylaxis and treatment of common diseases, strictly following the instructions for use.
Composition, release form and packaging
The medicinal product contains toltrazuril at a dosage of 2.5%. The substance has a detrimental effect on eimiria (coccidia) - unicellular parasites that cause diseases of the gastrointestinal complex of birds and rabbits.
Baycox is a colorless liquid, odorless, bitter in taste. On sale, the drug can be found in glass ampoules of 1 milliliter, packed in cardboard boxes of 10 pieces, and in liter plastic bottles. It is more convenient for owners of a small livestock of chickens to buy medicine in ampoules.
On the packaging, in addition to the name of the drug and the active substance, it is indicated:
- production date and expiration date;
- the category of the animal (bird, rodents) for which the medicine is intended.
The medicine is accompanied by detailed instructions, indicating the exact dosage for different groups of birds.
What diseases is Baycox used for?
The medicine is used for the prevention and treatment of coccidiosis (eimiriosis) in all groups of poultry. The disease is widespread in young chickens, with a low level of hygiene. The bird becomes infected with coccidia through dirty litter, the carriers are specimens that have recovered and wild birds.
Chickens kept on mesh floors do not get coccidiosis.
Parasites multiply in the stomach and intestines, disrupting the functioning of the digestive organs. Coccidiosis not only weakens the chicks but can kill them. The main symptom of the disease is brown diarrhea mixed with blood in poultry. Autopsy of the dead specimens reveals an inflamed intestine with numerous small hemorrhages on the walls, the liver is covered with small white nodules.
Baykoks preparation effectively destroys parasites without having a detrimental effect on the health of young animals. For a greater effect, it is recommended to give the medicine to the livestock in combination with vitamin preparations (Chiktonik, Gamavit) and probiotics (Vetom).
Instructions for use and dosages
Depending on the age and breed of the bird, the dosage of the medicine is slightly different. The drug is added to drinking water so that all livestock have the opportunity to use the drug.
For weakened individuals, the working solution is injected inside through the beak forcibly. Baycox is given in a course, in no case, without interrupting treatment, even after a noticeable improvement in the condition of the bird.
Youngsters of egg and meat-bearing breeds of chickens are given Baycox as a prophylaxis for coccidiosis, starting from 2 weeks of age. The prophylactic dose of the drug is 1 ampoule (1 milliliter) per 1 liter of water. Water with medicine is put to chickens for 2 days in a row, with a break for the night, pouring fresh solution on the second day.
If the young are suffering from eimeriosis, they have the following symptoms of the disease:
- bloody or red-brown diarrhea;
- ruffled feathers;
- lethargy and lack of appetite;
Chickens are given a dose of 7 milliliters per 1 kilogram of live weight of the chick, or 3 milliliters per 1 liter of boiled pure water. Baykoks for the treatment of eimeriosis is also added to drinking water, calculating the dosage according to the number of young animals.
If the chick is weak and does not show interest in the drinker, the medicine is poured into its beak from a pipette or syringe without a needle. The course of treatment is 2 days, after 5 days the young are re-soldered.
After drinking Baycox chickens, they need to restore the intestinal microflora and strengthen the body. For this, a complex water-soluble vitamin (Chiktonik, Aminovital) is added to drinking water for 5 days.
Along the way, Vetom is added to food or water in powder, which can be replaced with natural yogurt or yogurt.
Broiler chickens grow vigorously and are more susceptible to intestinal parasites than simple chickens. For broilers, Baycox is given as a prophylactic agent on day 14 after hatching and on day 35 if the livestock is kept on a solid floor.
The dosage of the drug is the same as for ordinary chickens - 1 ampoule per 1 liter of boiled water. After using Baycox, broilers are shown giving vitamins and probiotics.
For laying hens
The use of Baykoks in laying hens is limited by one nuance - the active substance enters the egg during treatment.
The drug for the prevention and treatment of coccidiosis is used during the absence of egg-laying in chickens, or eggs are not used for food for 7 days.
Eggs collected during this period can be boiled for about 15 minutes and fed to the bird as a feed additive.
Overdose, side effects and contraindications
According to the instructions, Baykoks belongs to the 4th class of hazardous substances. This means that no side effects have been identified by clinical studies. An overdose of the drug does not affect the health of the chickens, provided that the 10-fold value is not exceeded. Baycox is not used later than 14 days before the slaughter of poultry, as well as during egg-laying.
Storage conditions and shelf life
The shelf life of the drug is 5 years from the date of manufacture, which must be indicated on each ampoule with the drug. Baykoks in ampoules or in hermetically sealed bottles are stored in a dark place at temperatures from +10 to +25 degrees. The drug dissolved in water cannot be stored, it loses its properties within a day.
The following drugs have a similar effect on coccidia: Solikoks, Koktsidiovit (powder), Amprolin, Tolkoks, Diocox. These preparations are given to poultry with drinking water or with feed, according to the recommended dosages.