Originally Posted by Aina
Still some ups and down. Not eating Thursday and I discovered her ears were totally clogged. Was able to pick out a big plug on one ear and most of a whitish yellowish goo on the other one. Talked to the vet since who does not recommend to use hydrogen peroxide on any ear canals including humans! Also informed me that Baytril ". Baytril (enrofloxacin) is strictly prohibited from use in poultry. It is unfortunate that there is so much misinformation about its use in chickens online."
She may give me another antibiotic.
"Fungal infections do not cause cottage-cheese like exudate; the only reason to start an anti-fungal would be if Chica is battling "sour crop" issues from delayed crop emptying.
5. If you would like another antibiotic, I would recommend a course of trimethoprim sulfa. We do also have Tylan powder available but it is harder to make sure Chica is getting an appropriate dose of this form of medication (used to dose large flocks). Helping her clear the respiratory infection with systemic antibiotics will take care of the ear infection. Keep wiping out her ear openings so they can drain appropriately."
Last night Chica ate a few seeds...
You have a splendid vet there! You're right about so much mis-information. Unfortunately, many people don't do their homework and jump at the first 'cure' they read about. I'm always amazed at how quickly some rush out and buy antibiotics, dose their birds and not realize the implications in the big picture.
The long term use of antibiotics by the livestock industry (not just poultry) has been implicated in the current trend of antibiotic resistance now seen in humans. I'm not saying they aren't useful, but they must be used judiciously....anyway....keep up the good work!