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My Pekin hen Blue, died a few days ago of what I believe to be MG.

She looked lethargic and was breathing heavily and wheezing. So we got her some antibiotics and they told us to put it in the water and syringe feed it to her in a 1ML syringe. I have syringe feed one of my hens once before so I thought i would be fine. I syringe feed her the antibiotics for a few days and saw no improvement. When one of us picked her up she would always start to gasp and breathe heavily since she got sick but this time she started to gasp heavier than usual. I gave her 2MLs which I had done before and gave it to her a little faster than usual with a bit more at a time as she wasnt taking it well. She kept shaking her head so I found it harder to do. I did not think I had givin it to her wrong though.  After i fed it too her she started to gasp like normal lately but this time it was much heavier than usual. She then went to her nest. After a few minutes I went to check on her as I was worried and she was still gasping heavily. A few minutes later she came sliding down the ramp in a panic and slumped on the ground outside the coop closing her eyes. After a few second she started to flip around on the ground flapping her wings like crazy. And not long after she was gone.

Does this sound like I choked her with the antibiotics? Did it go down her lungs or did she stress herself to death. Was it even MG in the first place?

She didnt gurgle or cough only gasped which she always did when we picked her up lately but this time it was heaver...

Thanks to anyone who can help.

"All animals are somebody - someone with a life of their own. Behind those eyes is a story, the story of their life in their world as they experience it." ~Tom Regan 

 

 

I used to be in a wildlife rescue organisation and i loved rescuing and raising sick/injured/orphaned animals. I raised a joey wallaby and loved her like my baby (profile pis is of her).  I love all animals!

 

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"All animals are somebody - someone with a life of their own. Behind those eyes is a story, the story of their life in their world as they experience it." ~Tom Regan 

 

 

I used to be in a wildlife rescue organisation and i loved rescuing and raising sick/injured/orphaned animals. I raised a joey wallaby and loved her like my baby (profile pis is of her).  I love all animals!

 

~Wild

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post #2 of 5
Sorry for your loss hugs.gif It's possible she aspirated the medicine but there would be no way to say for sure. The only way to know definitively how she died is going to be to send her for necropsy. If I were you I would do this since if she did have MG, it's very contagious and the rest of your birds probably have it too. They carry this for life and no amount of medicine will cure it, it will only treat the symptoms. Whenever the birds are stressed they will have flare ups and need to be treated. The disease passes to any bird they come into contact with and also passes through the egg right to developing chicks so chicks hatch infected with it too. What this means is you cannot sell birds or eggs for hatching or you will infect other people's flocks. It would probably be a good idea to find out for sure if you have this disease in your birds so you can decide what you'd like to do.
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post #3 of 5
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Okay, thanks,

I wont send her to have necropsy as we have already buried her and dont have the money and also if the hens have been exposed for this long then its most likely they've already got it but we do not plan to breed anyway. I dont have a rooster just have the two silky hens, now, as pets. Although I do wish I could know for sure.

Thanks again x

"All animals are somebody - someone with a life of their own. Behind those eyes is a story, the story of their life in their world as they experience it." ~Tom Regan 

 

 

I used to be in a wildlife rescue organisation and i loved rescuing and raising sick/injured/orphaned animals. I raised a joey wallaby and loved her like my baby (profile pis is of her).  I love all animals!

 

~Wild

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"All animals are somebody - someone with a life of their own. Behind those eyes is a story, the story of their life in their world as they experience it." ~Tom Regan 

 

 

I used to be in a wildlife rescue organisation and i loved rescuing and raising sick/injured/orphaned animals. I raised a joey wallaby and loved her like my baby (profile pis is of her).  I love all animals!

 

~Wild

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Also is there any known symptoms of death by shock or stress or choking? As she didnt have any choking symptoms like coughing or gurgling, just gasping... :( ?

"All animals are somebody - someone with a life of their own. Behind those eyes is a story, the story of their life in their world as they experience it." ~Tom Regan 

 

 

I used to be in a wildlife rescue organisation and i loved rescuing and raising sick/injured/orphaned animals. I raised a joey wallaby and loved her like my baby (profile pis is of her).  I love all animals!

 

~Wild

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"All animals are somebody - someone with a life of their own. Behind those eyes is a story, the story of their life in their world as they experience it." ~Tom Regan 

 

 

I used to be in a wildlife rescue organisation and i loved rescuing and raising sick/injured/orphaned animals. I raised a joey wallaby and loved her like my baby (profile pis is of her).  I love all animals!

 

~Wild

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post #5 of 5
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Thinking it was maybe shock?..

"All animals are somebody - someone with a life of their own. Behind those eyes is a story, the story of their life in their world as they experience it." ~Tom Regan 

 

 

I used to be in a wildlife rescue organisation and i loved rescuing and raising sick/injured/orphaned animals. I raised a joey wallaby and loved her like my baby (profile pis is of her).  I love all animals!

 

~Wild

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"All animals are somebody - someone with a life of their own. Behind those eyes is a story, the story of their life in their world as they experience it." ~Tom Regan 

 

 

I used to be in a wildlife rescue organisation and i loved rescuing and raising sick/injured/orphaned animals. I raised a joey wallaby and loved her like my baby (profile pis is of her).  I love all animals!

 

~Wild

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