Originally Posted by beetandsteet
Look on the box of your new shatterproof lightbulb: is it coated with Teflon? Teflon-coated items, when heated, release a gas that is extremely toxic to birds. If it is coated with Teflon, you need to get that lightbulb out right away. Strange however that the cochins weren't affected.
No, there's no Teflon and that's the first thing we did is to research the bulbs. They're the 250 watt red heat bulbs by Producers Pride, which my fiancé bought at TSC. We also have 7 chicks in a different tub under the same kind of bulb and none of them were affected by it. The silkies were bought together and the Cochins were bought seperatley, we just added them together, so they have been sick before they came home, just didn't know it.
Sadly the black Frizzled Silkie died but the white one is acting better. We bought another antibiotic from a feed store, durvet tetracycline and syringe fed the Silkie 15 ml of the mixture for over a 10 minute period. He's not been eating or drinking today but is more alert and showing interest in his surroundings since we gave him the different antibiotic so hopefully he starts eating and drinking on his own.