Help! One of my Brahma hens is sick. Symptoms are swollen face, watery eyes with bubbles in the inside corners of the eyes, lethargy and she is not eating well. Any clues as to what it might be & how to treat it? Not sure I did the right thing but I started her on Sulmet yesterday when I first discovered it because this is the medication I have. Is this something that turkeys could have given to her? I am raising 3 turkeys with the chickens. I have heard both good & bad about raising chickens & turkeys together.
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Any signs of coughing, sneezing, wheezing?
Does the discharge have any odors?
It could be a respiratory illness like Mycoplasma Gallisepticum (MG). Separate her if you haven't already done so, you can flush the eyes with saline and apply Vetericyn Eye Gel or Terramycin Eye Ointment to the eyes a couple of times a day.
I'm not sure how effective Sulmet is for MG, it looks like Tylan or oxytetracycline is more commonly used for MG, Tylan dosage is 1tsp per gallon of water for 3-5 days. Oxytetracycline varies by brand so you would have research the dosage or go to by the package info.
Try to keep her hydrated, you can offer vitamin/electrolyte water if you have it. Scrambled/hard boiled egg, tuna or meat is also good sources of protein for sick birds. You can also wet some of her normal feed to make a mash to see if she will eat that as well.
Sounds like an improvement.
The Sulmet maybe helping, so you may want to do some research to see if you even need to switch.
I know Sulmet is used for Infectious Coryza which is another respiratory illness, but usually the discharge is thick and smells. Mycoplasma G. usually presents with foamy/bubbles in the eyes.
It is contagious and exposed birds are considered carriers for life whether or not they ever show any symptoms of illness (asymptomatic).
Some birds may exhibit symptoms in times of stress and then it goes into "remission".
More info in the links I provided earlier.
If you are not selling chicks, hatching eggs, or giving away chickens, then most keep what is called a "closed flock" and try to treat birds as they become ill. There are numerous articles/threads here on BYC and the web about all-in-all-out methods and keeping closed flocks.
The best way unfortunately to know for sure what you are dealing with is to have testing. You may want to contact your local extension office or state lab and see if they do blood testing or can only test by necropsy.