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Treating Sinus Infection in a Chicken

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FYI Passing info along on treating a sinus infection in chickens in case it is helpful for others:

Took Sayuri (8 mos. old Aracauna) to the avian vet.  She has a sinus infection.  In Sayuris case it was caused by the injury from her left nostril being pecked at by other chickens in the flock.

Indications:

Warm beak and comb.  Swelling of the sinus cavity that runs alongside of the face and under the eye causing the side of the face and eyelid area to thickly swell.  Clear weeping discharge (with possible foam or bubbles) from nostril and eye on affected side of face.  Discharge becomes more thick and egg-white like and then goes to a cottage cheese/gluey consistency as infection progresses.

Treatment:

Immediately separate chicken from rest of flock.

2x a day:  Apply warm (not hot) wet washcloth compresses to affected nostril to keep passageway open and hopefully draw out discharge.  It really smells when its coming out.

Use Baytril orally.  She was given 40mg/ml suspension/#8 ml.  Shake the Baytril well before dosing.  Sayuri is 3.5lbs. and her dosage is 0.4ml administered orally with syringe every 12 hours (2x day) for 10 days.  The 0.4ml dosage is a little more than she needs at her weight but the avian vet was allowing for her being unhappy about taking it and not getting it all down.  If your chicken really opens up their mouth and the throat passage way is wide open do not squirt the medicine directly down the throat as that can cause the medicine to enter the lungs and cause pneumonia.

Hope this info helps others.

Pam

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Just took my Wyandotte Wylie to the avian vet. She has serious sinus infection affecting left eye. Sulfa med did not work. She just put her on Tylan. I also have to force feed her since she has not been eating. My hen keeps craning her neck to one side. She also is having trouble keeping her balance. The vet says that that means the infection has spread to the brain. Prognosis very poor at this time.

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