Originally Posted by MyHaven @Fancychooklady
I hope you are around.
I just typed a detailed post and lost it so will be shorter this time.
I just got the antibiotics and they are for ornamental birds. I don't know what dose to use. They have a dosage for pigeons finches and ornamental birds. They say it is for psittacosis, E. coli and mycoplasma spp. Active 100mg/g chlortetracycline hydrochloride.
I am going to take one bird to the vet to see if I can test for what I am dealing with. I am going to the specialist whose vet nurse tells me that I may need to sacrifice one of the birds for autopsy. About $400. Including histology. I can't get in until tomorrow afternoon.
I'm happy to hear your thoughts.
Happy to hear anybody's thoughts. .
Coryza, MG and most of the CRD ( chronic respiratory diseases are far more common than you would think. Unless you had hundreds of birds it mostly goes unreported. The treatment is pretty much the same and a ' closed flock ' is recommended so that other people's flocks don't become infected.
I once took a roo to an avian vet with a cheesey ear and clogged nare. Turned out to have a sinus infection, it cost $150 for the consult and antibiotics. The vet made me sign a document to say that I had been advised that any bird that I administered the drug to would never be used for food consumption , including eggs.
The alternative is to cull any sick birds as soon as the become symptomatic .
Coryza is easier to detect because the bird stinks like death, especially around the face area.
The real problem with these diseases is that it might not even be introduced by a chicken, rodents and sparrows can carry mites from flock to flock and even mosquitos and midges can transmit them.
honestly i would treat them with the antibiotics for 7 days and then go from there.