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Dealing with CRD

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I posted a thread a couple of days ago about my SS bantam having a bubbly eye. I waited to see if she would get better on her own as it was suggested as it might have been from the cold. It is all cleared up as of today, but now another of my chickens has it. My almost 4 year old SLW has rattling breathing, (she sounds like a 3 year old with a runny nose) so I'm wondering if it is CRD or Mycoplasmosis. (Are they one and the same or are they different?). I've done some research and this is what I have concluded:

 

If a chicken has CRD they are carriers for life so some people cull the sick chickens. However, healthy chickens can recover on their own. (Do they become immune?) You can treat with antibiotics (Tylon 50 seems common) but expect relapses, especially in stressful situations and the winter. 

 

Correct me if I'm wrong! I have a couple question too...

  • What is the fatality rate? Or does it depend on the health of the chicken/flock? 
  • Can you eat the sick chickens eggs? (If you don't treat them with any antibiotics.)
  • How can I help them through it without antibiotics? (I'm thinking giving them some immune-boosters like ACV and garlic might help.)

 

Thank you for any advice!!

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post #2 of 7

I don't really know what is wrong with her but what your bantam had might be contagious!

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Hello! Respotory disease fatality rate can vary greatly, so I don't have numbers on that, but I have experience with treatment. Get a medicine plunger from CVS, VetRX from the feed store, and Apple cider vinegar from the grocery store.

My farm:3 dogs (catahula, scotie, and soft coated wheaten),2 mini potbelly pigs pigs(boy and girl),1 goat,1 giant sulcata tortoise,9 hens(of different breeds),2 roosters (father and son), and soon guinea fowl and spring chicks! 

 

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My farm:3 dogs (catahula, scotie, and soft coated wheaten),2 mini potbelly pigs pigs(boy and girl),1 goat,1 giant sulcata tortoise,9 hens(of different breeds),2 roosters (father and son), and soon guinea fowl and spring chicks! 

 

"I dream of a better tomorrow. A world where a chicken can cross the road and not have his motives questioned."

 

-the philosophical chicken (every coop has one)

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Sorry, that sent in the middle of me typing. I will retype the rest, please wait a minute

My farm:3 dogs (catahula, scotie, and soft coated wheaten),2 mini potbelly pigs pigs(boy and girl),1 goat,1 giant sulcata tortoise,9 hens(of different breeds),2 roosters (father and son), and soon guinea fowl and spring chicks! 

 

"I dream of a better tomorrow. A world where a chicken can cross the road and not have his motives questioned."

 

-the philosophical chicken (every coop has one)

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My farm:3 dogs (catahula, scotie, and soft coated wheaten),2 mini potbelly pigs pigs(boy and girl),1 goat,1 giant sulcata tortoise,9 hens(of different breeds),2 roosters (father and son), and soon guinea fowl and spring chicks! 

 

"I dream of a better tomorrow. A world where a chicken can cross the road and not have his motives questioned."

 

-the philosophical chicken (every coop has one)

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post #5 of 7
VetRX has no egg wait on it. I would recommend Durvet too, but it may not be necessary. Anyways, mix the vinigar, VetRX and water in a cup. Dilute as much as you feel nessasary. Wrap the bird in a towel and pull it's mouth open then squirt the concoction into her mouth using the plunger. Every couple of squorts give her plain water. clean out her eyes with a warm damp towel.just dab it gently to get rid of the bubbles. I would separate her from the flock into a dog crate or something. Make sure to give her lots of clean water and make sure she is eating and drinking. You can give her the option of yogurt or fruit if she won't eat.

The eggs are your call, they should be fine to eat without a problem.

I would put some garlic or apple cider vinigar and VetRX in the water that the whole flock drinks so you don't have any more sick birds. The eggs will still be fine.

Hope I helped! Keep us posted on your hen!

My farm:3 dogs (catahula, scotie, and soft coated wheaten),2 mini potbelly pigs pigs(boy and girl),1 goat,1 giant sulcata tortoise,9 hens(of different breeds),2 roosters (father and son), and soon guinea fowl and spring chicks! 

 

"I dream of a better tomorrow. A world where a chicken can cross the road and not have his motives questioned."

 

-the philosophical chicken (every coop has one)

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My farm:3 dogs (catahula, scotie, and soft coated wheaten),2 mini potbelly pigs pigs(boy and girl),1 goat,1 giant sulcata tortoise,9 hens(of different breeds),2 roosters (father and son), and soon guinea fowl and spring chicks! 

 

"I dream of a better tomorrow. A world where a chicken can cross the road and not have his motives questioned."

 

-the philosophical chicken (every coop has one)

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Thank you so much! I will start with that. I have three hens that are sick right now. Two of them are acting normal, but I'm worried that the one won't make it through the night. :(

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Update time...I got some VetRX yesterday, and applied it right away. I put some under the wings of the sick chickens and on their face like suggested, and then put some in this "smelly ball" thing (I'm not sure what it's actually called...you put essential oils on it, plug it in, and it makes the room smell good. Or bad, depending on what you put on it. I think it's like a vaporizer.) and plugged it in to get the aroma flowing around the coop for everybody, as the directions made it sound like inhaling would help the chickens. I'm planning on giving them some orally too. The 3 sick ones seem like their feeling better this morning. The eye bubbles are almost all gone, and the one I was most worried about has more energy. I am hopeful for a good recovery!

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