Originally Posted by TwoCrows
I am sorry about your birds. Gape worm is not very common and this is most likely a respiratory infection. Do not use probiotics while using antibiotics as they will reduce the effects of the antibiotics. So straight antibiotics. Keep them on the Duramycin for 7 to 14 days, depending on the severity. If you notice the water turning purple, you have hard water and will need to use distilled water instead as hard water will render this med useless. Make a new batch of antibiotics daily. Once you are done with the antibiotics, definintely get the probiotics going again for at least 1 week following antibiotic use.
Keep us posted!!! :-)
I was delighted this morning when I went down to the coop and only a few small spots were "wet" unfortunately, all of my hens have the respiratory problem. I brought another one up to the house - her left eye had an enormous clump of white gunk in the inner corner, and the other eye was shut, but no gunk, One of her "nostrils" was shut with gunk and straw. So I cleaned her up and got her started on the Duramycin.
I took her back down to the coop in the evening to find my Buff Orpington so congested that I had to clean her mouth out, and the remaining hens in various stages of snoring... I realize that I should have pulled the water out of the run when I left. I know that the Duramycin should last 24 hours, so I think it will be ok. I still have the original pullet inside. She was much better this morning, but seemed to worsen during the day. Right now, she is better once more.
My DH went down to put the heat lamp on in the coop. It is fastened to the ceiling very well, and I can leave the volume on from the Nest cam to be sure that they are safe.
I was concerned about using the same syringe for all the birds, but then again, I would be dipping into the same solution. Do you switch for each bird? Today, I put the Duramycin in the water bucket with the nipples, but I did does them individually when I saw how bad they were.
Which do you recommend?
Thank you for your help!