Final Conclusion on my experience/advice.
Well I'm having a few regrets right now but I just couldn't bring myself to killing the Orig. Hen that caught this. It seems that these instructions for the dose of LA 200(above) works better on Young flock. The 1 YO Rooster has stopped sneezing but you can still hear some congestion/wheezing. The other 2 older hens(the Orig Brahma 11YO,& a 8YO Rock Hen) aren't doing as well. The Orig Hen is back to sneezing which is NOT a Good thing. This is how the 3 other flock members have caught it & this is why I feel I should have eliminated her after I seen the LA 200 treatment only suppressed the symptoms during the treatment. I found that after the 2 initial injections after 2-3 days ALL symptoms returned "except" the excessive runny nose. I'm still seeing ocass. minimal fluid. The BIG problem is the Intermittent sneezing & upon laying down she resorts to mouth breathing. In addition she WILL NOT eat any layer crumble,meat bird or pellet.
I notice the other hen is following the same pattern so here is some advice if you decide to keep your sick friend & this is based on MY Personal Experience!! I FEEL PERSONALLY that the Vet RX is a waste of $. It has NO medicinal value & you can take a sm. chunk of Vicks & add it to warm water. I WOULDN'T put it in the mouth but on the comb or around the Neck area IF the Hen is still tucking its head during sleep. I also wiped it on the Inside of the tub in her sleeping area. I also noticed that by placing a chunk of 2x4 wrapped with an old rag seems to help them sleep. It will simulate roosting & keeps the pressure of the Tub surface off the lungs. I put the shavings on the other side & used the Board to keep it squished against the backside of the tub(board & shavings should be level to each other). The one who has it the worst lays her backside in the shavings/plants her feet on the edge of the board & slightly keeps her chest elevated. The Vet RX seems to stimulate her sneezing & I see NO difference in breathing!
Food Suggestions; If you find they won't eat the pellet you can "try" applying a tad of Mineral oil & mix it good(just enough to lightly coat). I DID notice they will eat "some of it" with this method. SEED seems to be the BIG hit & some cracked/sm kernal whole corn. There seems to be issues with swallowing anything that wont slide. What confuses me on this is they LOVE crushed Corn flakes/I have even seen them swallow a whole flake! I have "tried" rice,beans,Fish & they will eat a sm. amt of Fish(Tilapia not as fishy) but don't like the rest. The Young Rooster,hes eating fine!
I'm hoping with Summer around the corner that it will help but my expectations for the next winter are NOT good.
OH,they seem to LOVE sprouting Grass seed(when your weeds/grass starts seeding). If you are keeping them indoors you may want to try clipping some & bringing it in. Yesterday it was Rainy/cold so I kept them inside. However the one that is the worst was having a fit to go out. When I brought the clippings in she went crazy & ate every bit and it calmed her down. Last thing is I placed a towel on the side of the tub with clothes pins which allowed her to roost during the day & this calmed her down also and she breathes better.
YES,I Love my Girls. However,you DO need to think of the others because this IS a CHRONIC Condition & if one continues to sneeze after treatment it will only spread faster! Most of my Flock is older & MY Favorite Rock Hen who is 10YO has just showed signs. THE ONE BIG DIFFERENCE WITH HER IS SHE HAS ALWAYS LOVED HER VITAMIN/ELECTROLYTE WATER & SHE DOESN'T SEEM TO BE AS BAD AS THE OTHER OLDER HENS! I treated her as soon as I seen the symptoms & still has LA 200 residual so I can only pray. I DO advise that especially if your hen or Rooster is older that a follow up(3rd. injection) may not be a bad idea 3 days following the 2nd.(per the above instructions). Obviously this Medication is NOT a Cure all BUT symptom wise I can only say that the Young Rooster is doing well. After I completed the 2nd. dose I kept a close eye & as soon as I seen him sneeze(was the 3rd. day after the last injection) I went 2ml OVER the 1cc. & he hasn't sneezed since/ This was 3 weeks ago. In the End all this medicine does is supress the symptoms & It Will NOT Cure the Disease!
Good Luck & God Bless!,Luciana